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Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Desiree Kawass' piano design.
Desiree Kawass' piano design.
Photos by Ciara LaVelle

Pop-Up Piano Miami takes to the streets once again next week, adding its own combination of art and music to the madness that is Art Basel week. The organization launched this year's project with a party at Miami Iron Side last night, letting attendees see all eight of 2012's completed pianos for the first time.

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Partygoers spent most of the evening taking photos of the pieces with their phones, due to an Instagram competition that offered free tickets to Pop Up Piano Miami's opening night, featuring a fundraising concert by Yuna and other surprise performances.

The pianos won't hit the streets until December 6, but you can check them out now in the photos after the jump.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

The pianos drew a packed house early on.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Alexander Mijares' piano had a modern Baroque thing going on.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)
Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Arnaud Pages paired this kinda spooky dude with a sweet-looking sparrow.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

 

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Jamaican artist Desiree Kawass covered her instrument in a bed of butterflies.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Federico Carosio III took an Impressionist take on the Magic City. That's La Gran Naranja there in the middle, right?

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Ivan J. Roque shows us the groovy devil in the machine.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)
Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Rodrigo Gaya Photography thinks pianos are a girl's best friend.

 

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Ross von Rosenberg's piano felt like a sunset.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)
Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

Ruben Ubiera spelled out his message for all to see.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)
Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

For Waseone, the project was a chance to combine three passions: art, music, and fishing.

Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)
Pop-Up Pianos: First Look at This Year's Painted Steinways (Photos)

By the way, if you haven't visited Miami Iron Side, get there soon. It's a charming and unexpected oasis, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. (And the street parking's free.)

Visit popuppianomia.com for piano locations, concert schedules, and other information.

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