Piano Graveyard

It began as an art installation, and has become a tip-of-the-hat to Buddhist ideology.

The project began with composer and musician Ross Bolleter, who works solely with ruined pianos; instruments that are anywhere between the first and final stages of decay.

Bolleter ran an art installation in Perth that allowed the public to experiment with 16 ruined pianos, and at the end, was left with nowhere to keep them.

A call from a mutual friend to the owners of Wambyn Olive Grove in Western Australia resulted in a home for the instruments on a property just outside of York, a town about 100km out of Perth.

From that point onwards, Penny and Kim haven’t looked back, accepting pianos from those who can’t bear to dump their beloved instruments on the rubbish tip.

Since the early 2000s, the couple have collected over 35 pianos, placing them at random spots around their property, allowing the pianos to live out the rest of their days in the middle of the bush.


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