Playable art will soon be available in Park Blocks

The Park Blocks in Downtown Eugene will soon be the home of a piece of playable public art.

Posted: Oct 30, 2017 3:10 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2017 3:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A new piece of playable public art will soon be available in Downtown Eugene.

Over the next few weeks, an artist will be painting a donated piano on the first floor of the Atrium Building at 10th and Olive. It will be installed in the Park Blocks in time for the Nov. 17 downtown tree lighting ceremony. The piano will be available for the public to play through mid-December.

Local artist David Placencia began painting the piano Monday with his unique bubble paint techniques. The design will feature ribbons spiraling from an oval Mayan calendar.

The theme of the artwork is “Light Up the World: A New Time of Unity.” The artist said it will take at least 30 hours to finish the job.

“My job is to paint the visuals of it and then the audience’s job is really to complete the artwork,” Placencia said. “I love that type of thought line where it’s a collaboration of the community,”

This is the third piece of playable public art created by the City of Eugene’s Cultural Services this year. The program gives people a chance to share their talents, and it gives the public an opportunity to enjoy live music in a non-traditional setting.

The public is invited to watch Placencia at work on the first floor of the Atrium building at 10th and Olive from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Oct. 30, and continuing Nov. 1, 3, 6 and 13.

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