Coronado Rotary Piano June Update
Posted by: Coronado Arts 2 years, 1 month ago


A Coronado citizen reported suspected vandalism to the Public Art Piano at Coronado Rotary Plaza on Monday, June 18. This piano is one of three public art pianos owned by the City of Coronado and operated by the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. The Commission assessed the damage and determined it was moisture damage and not vandalism. Repairs were made within 48 hours. The Cultural Arts Commission will host a July 4th pop-up Patriotic Music Concert at 9 a.m. in the Plaza. The pianos operate from approximately 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and are covered and locked during the night.

The “Sit a Spell and Play a Tune” Public Art piano program debuted in May of 2017 at the Coronado Rotary Plaza site. In May of this year, the Coronado City Council approved two additional pianos for the program. The two additional pianos are sited at Adella Plaza at the intersection of Adella and Orange Avenue and the Coronado Ferry Landing.  All three pianos were unveiled to the public at a series of outdoor concerts in late May. 

The Coronado Rotary Plaza piano project was underwritten through contributions made in memory of longtime residents Jim and Barbara Darnell and features a piano donated by former Coronado Fire Chief Mike Blood. It is wrapped in artwork by local artist Jody Esquer and features iconic images from Coronado. The caretaker for the piano is Coronado Historical Association and volunteers from the community.

The public pianos provide access to musical opportunity, fosters creativity through engaging artists to wrap the pianos with artistic designs, and builds a sense of community among the public and, in the process, raises awareness for public art initiatives as well as music. The pianos are a lively addition to the commercial districts and the community response to the program has been very positive. 

For additional information, please contact:           Kelly Purvis, Contract Arts Administrator                                                                                                                               or 619.341.0137 (cell)