On Monday, June 18, the City received a report of potential vandalism to the public art piano in Coronado Rotary Plaza. Several keys were inoperable, and a black key was cracked. The Cultural Arts Commission, which manages the public art piece, contacted its piano repairman to assess the damage on Wednesday, June 20.
Although it looked suspicious in photos, it was most likely not vandalism. The cloth bushings in each key had significant moisture damage and were sticking. All bushings were removed and dried or replaced, and they no longer stick. The piano plays well now. The piano repairman also re-glued the top of the single black key that had split. It possibly broke due to playing hard due to the sticking keys.
For the remainder of June, the piano will be locked up earlier in the evening. The public piano is extremely popular in Coronado and the Commission is happy to report it was not the target of vandalism. There will be a Fourth of July pop-up concert with patriotic music at 9 a.m. Look for details on CoronadoArts.com in next few days.