Vandals damage NDG park piano
Published Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:36PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:10PM EDT
NDG was about to join the Plateau as a musical place, but that dream was destroyed by vandals before it could even begin.
Following the lead of the inner-city borough NDG had acquired a used piano and had installed it in a public park.
Turned into a work of art by Julian Cargnello, it was being kept under wraps at NDG park, near Sherbrooke St. until the planned debut next week.
However vandals attacked the piano first, scribbling graffiti all over it and then setting fire to the tarpaulin that covered the instrument, likely Tuesday night.
The artist is disappointed, people in the borough are furious, but officials say the piano program will continue, even if only next year.
"It was a very popular idea. and we said why not do that in NDG. We thought this park had a great cultural potential," said borough spokesperson Michel Therrien.
Street pianos first appeared in the Plateau two years ago, and this is the first time any of them has been targeted by vandals. The damage to the piano is not extensive and it can be repaired.
"It was very surprising because there are many pianos throughout the city and no such problem occurred with those pianos and we've got to deal with it," Therrien said.
"It's very sad, it's very sad for the whole community."
Sorrow was a sentiment shared by many, as several people sang a sad tune when interviewed about the destruction by CTV Montreal Thursday.
“I came to the park to play the piano but as I was leaving the dog run I realized it had been destroyed, vandalized, damaged. I thought it was very sad,” said musician Bobby Dove.
But another artist said the challenge of fixing the piano could help locals attain some harmony.
“I am going to be inviting people from the community to come and repaint it this weekend,” said artist Julian Cargnello. "Because it's good to show the strength we have in NDG.”