Starting Wednesday, music will waft from all corners of downtown Minneapolis.

That's the goal, anyway.

Twenty-five pianos colorfully painted by Twin Cities artists will be strategically placed throughout downtown during Pianos on Parade, a joint effort of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District in partnership with Keys 4/4 Kids, a nonprofit that seeks to inspire young people through the arts.

Upright pianos will be set out daily during the month of June for impromptu performances. Know a little "Chopsticks"? Or all 32 Beethoven sonatas? Want to debut your own composition? All experience levels are encouraged to bang on the 88 keys.

Twin Cities-based artists painted the pianos with individual themes that include Minneapolis skylines, state wildlife and the majestic aurora borealis. Prince lovers can rejoice in multiple tributes to the Purple One.

A Target Field piano depicting the view from home plate will sit just outside Gate 29 at the home of the Minnesota Twins.

The instruments will be played by local musicians every Tuesday during lunchtime to provide music for those in the area. The art installation runs through June 30.

To find the locations throughout downtown and see photos of the pianos, visit the downtown council's website at

A variety of sheet music is available online for brave souls wanting to wow the crowds.

Liz Sawyer