Pianos are placed on the Delmar Loop as part of an arts festival

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – For Henryk Ptasiewicz the key to get people`s attention is color.

‘All I`m doing is putting a coat of paint on them to look respectable,’ says Henryk Ptasiewicz, artist.

Actually there`s about 704 keys in the Delmar Loop.

‘There`s also some in the Central West End and on Cherokee and downtown,’ says Lisa Houdyshell, Serendipity Art Gallery.  ‘It was just a nice way to get people out and give these pianos a nice send-off cause once they`re done they`re going to the piano graveyard.’

The eight pianos along the Delmar Loop are part of the Loop Arts Fest, a four-day event celebrating all the arts in St. Louis, kicking off with Make Music Day on June 21st.

‘Cause we`re recycling the pianos that`s the whole point,’ says G. Ganache, artist.  ‘They`re not in mint condition.  So, a lot of the keys are falling off on some.  Some falling down.  I put silver names all bands still here making music some for labels and some in bars and stuff.’

‘They`re out on the trolley stops except for the one in the marketplace and at the library,’ says Houdyshell.  ‘So, it`s kind of a way to remind people the trolley is coming.’

The Loop Arts Fest features gallery walks, mannequins decorated from recycled products, culinary arts and demonstrations.  And of course, some brightly painted pianos that have been given new life.

‘This is not a piece of fine art,’ says Ptasiewicz.  ‘It`s just to tell everyone it`s here and to come and play me.’

To see, hear and play for yourself, you`ll have to make your way around St. Louis.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News