The City of Oshawa is seeking visual artists to transform a trio of upright pianos to be placed around the city. The 88 Keys Project will be unveiled July 2016 with pianos at Civic Square downtown, at Northview Community Centre and the South Oshawa Community Centre. The painted pianos will be available to the public for some ivory tickling of their own. Pianos as public art have been successful in many cities and places around the world. Locally pianos have been made available at The Pit at Durham College and as shown in the video below in Cobourg, Ont. Oshawa while known as the headquarters of General Motors Canada also was the site of piano making factories including R.S. Williams. Williams pianos were chosen by Queen Victoria for Windsor Palace. It would be a wonderful addition to the project if the pianos donated had been part of Oshawa’s industrial heritage. Piano donations are still welcome so if anyone has a Williams maybe, maybe? Artists have until Friday Apr. 15 to contact the city with their ideas for the project and an honorarium of $1500 will be awarded to each artist.