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Impossible objects #16: Piano stairs

I like this one. How could you encourage people to use the stairs, in a public building, rather than take the escalator?

Piano stairs may be the answer. Check out this video of the amended subway exit at Odenplan station in Stockholm.

Each step is a piano key, and people make their own sweet pedestrian music. A cacophony at rush hour, though.

A lot of fun, nontheless, even if it was built to be a Volkswagen viral video…

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2 Comments

  1. March 19, 2010 15:03

    True, Peter, but introducing drunkenness seldon improves anything!
    BTW, what or who was “Gary Owen”? I know him as a midfielder for Man City in the 1970s, but the rugby commentators are always talking about a full-back kicking and chasing a “Gary Owen”… The same or another??

  2. Peter G.
    March 19, 2010 06:05

    Sounds like a great idea, until some drunk fellow tries to play “Garryowen” and breaks his neck.