Right now (and for just a few more days), San Francisco Botanical Gardens is home to twelve pianos as part of Flower Piano, an installation by Sunset Piano. The twelve pianos have been placed in various locations around the park and are available for visitors to play. How cool is that?
It wasn't super busy at the Botanical Gardens during our visit, but the pianos were very popular so we often had to wait a little while before it was our turn to play. It seemed that everyone else in the gardens today was a concert pianist (or at least could play more than chopsticks!) so while we waited our turn we were treated to some beautiful music. The girls danced to some great honky-tonk tunes, sang along with some chart toppers, and played conductor for a few classical pieces.
Then when it was their turn they tried their best to make some actual music! Ava looked so serious playing the piano. She had such a look of concentration on her face. When we were in Adelaide recently, Ava's best friend Milla had taught her a few bars "Heart and Soul", that piano duet that everyone learns when they're first starting out. Ava didn't remember much of it, but it was clear what she was trying to play - even if it only lasted a few seconds!
Lola tended to just kind of bash at the keys! She was all about getting as much noise out of the piano as possible.
Somehow, Mathilde kind of look like she knew what she was doing! Most of the time she'd play one key at a time with her pointing finger, but every now and then she just mashed at the keys with her whole hand.
The girls played duets together which was very cute. Some of these duets were planned. Others happened when little fingers sneaked up and started pressing the keys!
There were upright pianos and baby grand pianos. Some had the lid open so the girls could watch what happens inside to make the noise. They were pretty fascinated watching the hammers hit the strings.
This picture below had to be my favorite moment of the day. Mathilde playing the piano while Ava and Lola dance to her "music". It was so sweet. It makes me want to get the girls learning piano so they can have little dance parties at home!
Flower Piano runs through July 20th 2015. On Saturday and Sunday there will be performances throughout the day. For a full schedule, hours and admission prices visit the San Francisco Botanical Gardens website here.
Oh, and there's not a piano in sight in these last two photos from today but I just had to include them because they're so cute - and it's rare to get a photo of Lola smiling rather than pulling duck-face at the camera!