Last week, the American Pianists Association hosted the finals of the
2013 ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards.
The APA has as its mission to "discover, promote and advance the careers
of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists."
Every two years, the association produces either the Classical or Jazz
Fellowship Awards, seven-month long competitions featuring
talented American pianists 18 to 30 years.
The winners receive a $50,000 cash award plus career assistance,
publicity, and professional representation.
In conjunction with the competition, the Indianapolis Downtown Artists &
Dealers Association sponsored a public art project using pianos
to create works of art. Of the eight artists chosen, four painted grand
pianos, while the others used their instruments to create sculptures
from the parts. The pianos were on view on Monument Circle from
April 11 through April 20, during which time bids were taken
for their sale at auction.
For the sculpture shown above, artist Mark Sommers used
the internal bracing, piano wire and hammers
to construct "Double Stop Helix,"
while base was made from the piano's keys.