Update: The real piano man came forward. Read about it here.
Indie filmmakers, Billy and Anais Yeager, claim they are the ones who left the grand piano in the middle of Biscayne Bay. They said they have pianos in Malibu, Death Valley, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and now Miami.
When we spoke to Yeager by phone from Mexico Beach, Florida, he said his son called him and told him the piano was all over the news. "I wasn't going to say anything, but rather someone say it was just a silly piano from a music video, I said I'm not going to let that slide. This is highly symbolic and profound."
The couple is in the middle of filming the last installment of a
trilogy called Jesus of Malibu. The trilogy
follows Jesus and Mindy, played by the Yeagers, on a truth-seeking
journey. They've been following a "sacred geometric energy grid" across
North America, where Route 66 is a particularly potent stream.
"Our film is about uncovering the lies of the world. It's about the power
of music, film, and vibration and how it affects the pineal gland and
mind control. After we film, we leave the pianos, because it's a
political statement. It's an artistic revolution against the media, the
corruption of arts, and the control and slavedom of people."
Yeager also said that their movement, called the JOM Revolution, has
gone global. "Right now, we have people in Berlin and Paris that are
leaving instruments -- painted -- in the middle of streets or chaining
them to parking meters. In Australia, a guy is creating sculptures out
of broken guitars."
Due to an illness in the family, the Yeagers were in town when their
friend told them about the sandbar in Biscayne Bay. Using a neglected
piano from a family friend's estate, they launched their plan about two
and half weeks ago. "We did it at 2 a.m. in the morning to get the sun-up shot, but we just missed it."
How did they get the piano out there? They pulled a homemade barge behind a
boat and went very slowly (that's why it took six hours to get out there, Yeager explains). He
says he and his wife were able to maneuver the piano onto the sandbar
using rollers and leveraging one side at a time. Yeager says, "I knew that at that
particular spot, the high tide wouldn't come up and push that piano off."
Yeager said depending on where the pianos are placed, the message is either positive or negative. When they left one in Guatemala, it was
positive. But Miami? It gets a negative. "I was raised in Miami and know about
the vanity there. There's nothing enlightening. There's nothing about
truth. It's all about vanity. So it's not a happy story. It's a protest."
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