Run in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), the 100-seater Pianodrome is an interactive sculpture, acoustic concert venue, lecture theatre and musical instrument which will host a full programme of workshops, community projects and live arts events.
A total of £10,000 was required to be raised to build it before the launch in August.
The project is the vision of the Edinburgh-based artist Tim Vincent-Smith and producer Matt Wright who have formed the Pianodrome Community Interest Company.
Vincent-Smith is an artist and musician who co-founded, designed and built the interior of Atlantis Books in Oia in Santorini, Greece which was described as a “dream of a bookstore” by Vanity Fair last year.
Vincent-Smith said of the Pianodrome: “This is a radical reimagining of what the piano is and can be in today’s throw away culture.
“No piano is junk. No person is ‘unmusical’. The Pianodrome is a musical instrument and performance place free for everyone. All you have to do is play.”
In partnership with the RBGE, the Pianodrome team will programme a series of cultural events which will form the highlight of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Summer 2018 arts programme.