Brookhaven / Chamblee, GA, June 12, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – The cities of Brookhaven and Chamblee both have refurbished pianos now available to the public for their entertainment pleasure. In partnership with Play Me Again Pianos (PMAP), Chamblee unveiled their piano named “Irving” back in April, and Brookhaven unveiled theirs named “Aragon” in June. PMAP is a non-profit charity whose goal is to install and permanently maintain 88 free public pianos throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area for the community to play and enjoy.
In keeping with PMAP’s tradition of naming each piano, “Irving” was named for Chamblee’s Irvingdale Dairies, a part of the rich history of the once vibrant dairy farms that graced the rolling hills of the area in the early 20th century. In Brookhaven, the name “Aragon” was inspired by the design, and suggested by a resident in the local community.
“Street pianos and public pianos inspire people to connect with each other in ways that were once common, but seem increasingly rare. By adding our pianos to the landscape throughout the city, we hope to nurture that connection into an evolution of Atlanta’s culture, community and the arts,” said Jason Brett, co-founder of Play Me Again Pianos.
In Chamblee, “Irving” can be found along the Rail Trail, underneath the Clairmont Rd. Bridge. “I love the idea of having a piano located under the Clairmont Bridge, not only does it highlight one of our newest assets with the Rail Trail, but I also believe the acoustics under the bridge are perfect for this art piece,” said Jodie Gilfillan, Chamblee Director of Parks and Recreation recently. “I hope the piano-playing residents and visitors who pass by will entertain others while enjoying this linear park.”
Brookhaven’s “Aragon” can be found at Ashford Park, next to the Community Center.
Play Me Again Pianos’ first public piano is currently on display at the Chastain Park Playground in Atlanta. Other pianos are located at The Woodruff Arts Center, one at the north entrance of the Memorial Arts Building near the Box Office and the other in the Callaway Plaza along Peachtree Street. There’s another piano in Colony Square near the MIDTOWN letters and also at The Dunwoody Nature Center overlooking Wildcat Creek. Additional pianos are in various stages of planning and development.