Playable Public Art

Urchin piano

Four outdoor playable pianos are throughout downtown for anyone to play and for all to enjoy. The pianos also serve as temporary works of public art, painted and collaged by talented local artists to bring more color to downtown’s core. While the pianos are primarily for participation from passersby, we have professional pianists playing the pianos throughout the summer.

Winter Locations:

The Playable Public Pianos will be move indoors on Thursday, August 29. Here are their winter locations.

Valentina Gonzalez piano

Sheldon Community Center - 2445 Willakenzie Rd.

David Placencia piano

Shelter Care Uhlhorn Program - 1250 W. 18th Ave.

Mija Andrade piano

Washington Park Community Center - 2025 Washington St.

Peter Goldlust & Melanie Germond piano

New Zone Gallery - 22 W. 7th Ave.

Piano Details

  1. Valentina Gonzalez 
  2. David Placencia
  3. Mija Andrade
  4. Peter Goldlust & Melanie Germond

Valentina Gonzalez"Play More" by artist Valentina Gonzalez

The concept was a collaborative process with teens from the City of Eugene’s Cultural Services summer internship Program. Speaking to the importance of creating communities where the youth are encouraged to be engaged as equal contributors in shaping their society. Using the imagery of waves to symbolize the emotional instability of adolescence, amid images of people and places important to them downtown. Googly eyes on the right leg, the only leg for it to stand on, representing the need for visibility as a means of support rather than of surveillance and exploitation. 

About the Artist

Valentina Gonzalez is an artist and musician who lives in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Originally from Santa Fe, NM, also known as VRGNZ; she combines a background in urban art with her experience as a graphic artist to create dynamic, personal paintings. She is committed to supporting community activities and has worked with an array of youth and social service programs. Using mostly spray paint and marker, bright colors, and bold patterns and layers, she chooses to produce artwork that challenges social normatives and empowers others to share their stories through creative visual expression.

Contact Us

Production Coordinator

Ph: 541-682-5542

Chelsea Louie