Jun 8, 2021 - News
Artist Kayla Cox replaces St. Pete's piano under I-275
Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

If you've ever walked under I-275 in St. Pete's Grand Central neighborhood, you've probably noticed a painted piano — but if you've walked there recently, you probably noticed the piano was smashed to bits.

What's happening: Acting on her own a-chord, artist Kayla Cox decided to replace and repaint a new piano in the same spot.

  • As she's been giving it rainbow stripes over the last couple days, Cox said many people have stopped by to chat and share their favorite stories of the underpass piano.
  • One of them claimed to have put the original piano there years ago. He told Cox he replaced it once already after the original was also mysteriously obliterated.
  • "I don't know what kind of person is out there smashing community pianos, but they must be really angry. I feel bad for them," Cox told Axios.

The bottom line: Hopefully, they won't be Bach.


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