Hand-painted ‘pianos for peace’ promote harmony in Atlanta

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Unexpected melodies radiate through a concrete concert hall in downtown Atlanta as Malek Jandali plays a colorful piano on the Beltline.

The hand-painted piano is one of 50 instruments installed in September through Jandali’s Pianos for Peace initiative.

Jandali called the project the city’s “greatest symphony for peace”.

“It’s about bringing unity back to the community through the arts, through the magic of music,” Jandali said.

Pianos for Peace is one of Atlanta’s largest public art installations. Jandali started the project in 2015 hoping to channel peace while polishing a narrative.

“Usually the piano is untouchable — you know, it’s on stage, it’s brown, you know — don’t move it or it’s out of tune,” he said. “Here? Everyone is welcome to come and touch the piano.

Keyboards were placed in high traffic areas of the region, including the BeltlLine, Piedmont Park, Georgia State, MARTA stations and other unexpected places. Local and international artists worked to decorate the instruments.

The non-profit organization estimates that approximately 1.5 million Atlantans and visitors will be touched by the pianos this year.

However, Jandali said the real harmony comes when the pianos are removed from their outdoor locations at the end of the month and donated to schools, nursing homes, healthcare facilities, community centers and underserved communities across the country. Atlanta area.

“We believe it is our soft power to unite, to bring peace to our beloved Atlanta community. We need it,” Jandali said.

Part of the project also includes a Pianos for Peace closing ceremony on September 22 in the atrium of the Fulton County Government Building. The event will honor Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall and Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The ceremony will feature the African American Philharmonic Orchestra and is open to the public.

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