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Light Piano

Inside Mann Island, Light Piano 2.0 XL is a spatial composition of cubes, linked to the keys of a piano. This piece is not only a piece of art but an instrument too.

In this artwork, the sound of the piano is mobilised and visualised inviting audiences to not only play the piano but also play the light.

The colours of the cubes surrounding the piano become coloured blue, light blue and purple in response to the piano playing.

About the Artist behind The Light Piano

Kleurbleur Presented by Light Art Collection, The Netherlands – further information is coming soon


Accessible Information about The Light Piano

Description of The Light Piano installation for visually impaired visitors

The cubes placed in this spatial composition are connected to the keys of the piano, meaning that Light Piano 2.0 XL by the artists of Kleurbleur can be regarded as both a work of art and an instrument.

In this installation, the sound of the piano is being mobilised and visualised, allowing the audience not only to play the piano but also to play the light. The colours of the cubes surrounding the piano become for example blue, light blue, purple – responding to the piano playing.

The immersive, interactive site-specific installation Light Piano 2.0 XL is specially set up for ‘River of Light Trail’ (and is around 10 metres (33 foot) wide, 3,5 metres (11,5 foot) high and 28 metres (92 foot) deep). Built-up with six V-shaped trusses, of which three are installed on the ground and three on hanging. The piano is positioned behind the first truss on the ground. The piano player is surrounded by the cubes, and visible when the cubes near the player light up. The V-shaped trusses consist of dozens of cubes total which are directly interacting with the keys of a piano. The cubes are made of plastic and LED’s so they can withstand extreme weather, as the work travels the world. When the piano is not played the lights are off.

Description of The Light Piano installation for hearing impaired visitors

In this installation the sound of the piano is being visualized, allowing the audience not only to play the piano but also to play the light. The artwork is therefore a visualisation of audio, the behaviour of the light responds directly to the piano playing. The result is a special kind of instrument that resonates with ears, eyes and heart.

The music you hear depends on who is playing the keys. The audience is invited to participate actively in the artwork, by playing the piano. For example, the artwork was part of an opening act of Oscar Fischinger’s expo in the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam, playing Chopin’s ‘Fantaisie Impromptu’, performed by Arion de Munck.

Light Piano 2.0 XL is supported by Global Streets and FESTIVAL.ORG. We are working with local arts organisation Open Culture to programme a selection of local pianists from across the community who perform a diverse range of live pieces throughout the festival duration. Please keep an eye on our social media channels where we reveal further information.


Event Date: Friday 22nd October – Sunday 7th November 2021

LOCATION: Mann Island Atrium, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Contact Details

Culture Liverpool, Tel: 0151 233 2008


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