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Outdoor piano pops up in Surrey

Alison Wu (left) and Stella So play the piano beneath the Surrey Central Skytrain station at the third annual PARKit Design Challenge pop-up park. - Evan Seal / The Leader
Alison Wu (left) and Stella So play the piano beneath the Surrey Central Skytrain station at the third annual PARKit Design Challenge pop-up park.
— image credit: Evan Seal / The Leader

This year's pop-up park in Surrey has gone Gingham Style.

The third-annual "PARKit Design Challenge" was won by local designers Liz Nguyen and Mike Wartman, who proposed an outdoor picnic area with classic gingham checkered picnic tables. (Gingham Style is a play on words referencing Korean singer Psy's popular song Gangnam Style).

The pop-up park is located near the Surrey Central SkyTrain station.

"The idea is to activate that community space for people who are using transit, for people who are using the rec centre, for those at SFU and for those visiting the mall," said Surrey's manager of parks Owen Croy.

For the past three years, Surrey has put out a call for artists proposals for a pop-up park. The winner receives $15,000 for taking first place.

In addition, the Piano Teachers Federation has installed a piano nearby as part of the "Pianos on the Street Initiative."

Alison Wu and Stella So were walking by and saw the piano Wednesday. Wu pulled up some sheet music on her iPad and started playing.

"We were on our way to the mall and saw the piano and decided to play" said So.

Anyone who wants, can sit down and play.

It will be there through the end of August, Croy said.

 

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