FARMINGTON — Even though the COVID-19 shutdown has thrown a kink into her plans, an Aztec city commissioner continues to make progress on a project designed to bring a splash of art and music to the city’s downtown district.
For the past several months, Commissioner Rosalyn Fry has been working on a plan to bring a handful of pianos to locations throughout downtown, where they would be stationed outside businesses willing to accommodate them. The pianos would be painted by local artists, and visitors to the district would be invited to play them.
Fry said she got the idea a couple of years ago after visiting Portland, Oregon, where her son lives in a suburb. She recalled with delight how she stumbled across a scene on a downtown street in which several pedestrians were gathered around a piano painted with a raccoon motif. A local musician was seated at the piano and was playing classical music while members of the crowd took selfies with him or shot video of his performance.
“I thought, ‘Huh — I wonder if we couldn’t do that in Aztec,'” Fry recalled.