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The Piano Mill by Conrad Gargett

The Piano Mill is a copper clad tower/ musical instrument stretching nine metres high, settled in a forest half an hour outside Stanthorpe. This one-of-a-kind architectural marvel is at once a musical instrument, an art installation and a performance machine facilitating movement artistry, projection, and musical composition.

It pays homage to the plethora of pianos that helped European settlers feel culturally at home in a foreign environment. A tribute to music of the “prepared piano”, it includes sixteen pianos, tuned grader blades and sonic periscopes to expand this music genre. In keeping with the underlying premise of the concept and its environment, the architecture links piano-like jewel box joinery with bush craft.

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