Now’s your chance to paint a 16th Street Mall piano – but you’ll have to be quick

A man plays a painted piano on the 16th Street Mall. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
A man plays a painted piano on the 16th Street Mall. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
A man plays a painted piano on the 16th Street Mall. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

Ten painted pianos will return to the 16th Street Mall in just a few weeks, and the Downtown Denver Partnership is offering a chance for artists to leave their marks on the instruments.

Designs are due this Wednesday, April 19, so you’ll have to be fast. Those selected will be reimbursed up to $150 for supplies.

The pianos will be painted at a “live painting event” on May, with more information to come, according to DDP. They will be the same ten pianos deployed last year.

Anyone interested can submit a sketch of their proposed piano paint-job to the Downtown Denver Partnership via ktoney@downtowndenver.com. Here’s a template provided by DDP:

A template for a 16th Street Mall piano. (Downtown Denver Partnership)
A template for a 16th Street Mall piano. (Downtown Denver Partnership)

The pianos have been in place on the Mall every year since 2009. Below, Gordon Von leads an excellent singalong of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” in July 2016.

Also, one of my favorite Denverite videos is soundtracked by a 16th Street Mall piano:

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