An artist has undertaken a "live dissection" of an old piano as part of a pioneering new "playable" sculpture made of nearly 50 of the disused musical instruments.

Edinburgh-based artist Tim Vincent-Smith yesterday took apart a piano as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, as part of the Pianodrome project, an interactive sculpture, acoustic concert venue, and lecture theatre and musical instrument

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the project which will host a full programme of workshops, community projects and live arts events when it launches in Edinburgh at the Royal Botanic Garden this August.

Housed within a geometric frame, the 100-seat amphitheatre has five wedges of tiered seating each with a salvaged, playable piano embedded in it. Forty more piano have been used to build a circle of tiered seating.

The project is the vision of Vincent-Smith and producer Matt Wright who have formed the Pianodrome Community Interest Company.

Vincent-Smith said: “This is a radical reimagining of what the piano is and can be in today’s throw away culture.

"We are taking fabulous old instruments that have been condemned to the rubbish tip and turning them into something new and astonishing.

Run in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, they are seeking crowd funding support to raise £10,000 towards the project.

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