Visual Art

Opgelucht Gestemd

The piano is hanging on her own strings.

Location Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
Production 2015
Material Piano (Steinbach), strings, metal frame
Measurement 200 x 100 x 200 cm (LxBxH)

There are about 200 strings in a piano, each of which has a force of about 70 kg of tension on the harp and thus a total of about 14,000 kg. The piano hangs from its own strings that are only attached to the upper tuning pegs, so that the keys no longer touch the strings but the cast iron harp.

The piano turns into a kind of percussion instrument. A performance with the piano, hanging from its own strings, gives audible nuances in beats and a drum-like sound through its hammers with felt on the harp.

Opgelucht Gestemd can be loosely translated as Relieved and in tune or Relieved and in a good mood

Opgelucht Gestemd has also been shown at Galerie Oosterkade, Big Art, Atelierroute Amstelveen, among others.

Ernst van Deursen
Photo: Ernst van Deursen

Percussive Piano

Concert pianist Laurens de Boer wrote a piano piece for Opgelucht Gedemd.

This was first performed on June 19, 2015 at Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam.

Percussive Piano is a project that Laurens de Boer has been working on for quite some time.
These are compositions for piano inspired by drum patterns and rhythms.

Photos: Ernst van Deursen