Piano-shaped flowerbed spreads music across campus 鎮西鋼琴花台 樂聲飄揚

Thu, Feb 09, 2012 - Page 14

Jhen Si Elementary School in Douliou Township, Yunlin County is the only elementary school in the county offering a music program. Not only has it enlivened its green and lush campus with a piece of piano-shaped installation art, it also now has a solar-powered piano that plays student recordings, surprising visitors whenever they pass by the piano.

In order to highlight the school’s distinguishing characteristic — music — Principal Chang Jui-e wants to create a music-oriented green campus by incorporating music to turn the campus into a space for art. Chang’s idea has received a lot of praise from students’ parents and local residents.

Chang said that the piano-shaped flowerbed looks very much like a real piano, which fools a good number of students’ parents and other people into believing that it is real. Only upon taking a closer look have they realized that it was a flowerbed. Based on the notion that “if there is a piano, then it should be played,” teachers at the school have used solar panels and sensors to make the “piano” play music automatically as people approach.