Painted pianos to return to downtown

By:  Laura Schulte at Wausau Daily Herald

Downtown-goers will see some newly painted pianos popping up around downtown Wausau this year.

The painted piano project, which places pianos painted by community members around the downtown area for all to play and enjoy, was started last summer by the Wausau River District. In 2016, the first piano was painted by more than 40 visitors to the downtown business event First Thursdays in June and July, in front of The Violet Loft. The piano was then placed on the corner of Third and Scott streets, said Liz Field, the executive director of the River District, a nonprofit organization that advocates for businesses in the district.

That piano remained on the corner until this month, when damage from the rain and snow caught up to it. It was replaced with one painted during last year's Artrageous Weekend.

The River District will add four new pianos to the project this year, and the painting studio hours will allow the community to participate in the project once again.

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