For years, folks used to stop by the piano under I-275 in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District and play tunes. But at the end of May, tragedy struck.
The beloved community instrument had been smashed to pieces. No one knew who was responsible.
This week, folks in the community stepped up to help. A new piano now occupies the space, painted with rainbow stripes and hearts
The replacement piano came the courtesy of artist Kayla Cox, who runs Lucid Vending, which specialize in artistic vending machines.
“About a week ago I noticed the previous piano smashed to pieces,” said Cox, who lives nearby. “My partner and I live in the area and would walk by it every day. I couldn’t believe it. It hurt me to think that someone would want to destroy a piece of the community that brought so much joy to so many people, including Jason the homeless person who enjoys playing the piano while wearing his cape.”
Cox purchased a used piano on Craigslist for $100 and had it delivered to the same location on Sunday. She proceeded to paint it in rainbow colors and finished up on Monday.
“These colors represent hope and inclusivity,” she said.