Okay, remember when I wanted answers for why there was a randomly placed piano in Monument Square earlier this week? Well... the mystery is solved! It seems to have been a teaser to Pianos in the Squares, where colorfully painted pianos will be placed for everyone to play and enjoy in Monument Square, Congress Square, Longfellow Square and Bramhall Square throughout the month of July.

Pianos in the Squares is a project of City of Portland Parks, Recreation & Facilities, Portland Downtown, and Friends of Congress Square Park.

The Pianos in the Squares will be revealed on Friday, June 29th from 11am - 1pm, with ribbon cutting and performances at each square.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Monument Square - Maine Academy of Modern Music (Rock)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Congress Square - Joshua Hatfield (Pop Covers)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Longfellow Square - Kafari (Jazz)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Bramhall Square - Ophelia Hu Kinney (Chinese classical)

The event facebook page quotes Sally DeLuca, Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities on the pianos' presence:

“This project adds to Portland’s artistic vibrancy. You never know who will sit down and play and you probably didn’t know just how talented people are. Pianos in the Squares doesn’t know any boundaries; someone might sit down and play chopsticks and someone else might wow passerbys with Beethoven. The possibilities are endless.”

Each piano is painted by a local artist and supported by a local business. Local Business Sponsors include: OneSixGreen, Portland Flea For All, One Longfellow Square and PelotonLabs.