Piano Dumper Wanted Cooper Union Attention

Posted on: January 28th, 2011 at 2:18 pm by

What would you do to better your chances of getting into Cooper Union? How about dumping a burned-out grand piano on a random sandbar in Miami.

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[Photo Credit: National Geographic]

High school junior Nicholas Harrington, son of Burn Notice production designer J. Mark Harrington, was behind the stunt. The piano was an old set prop that was stashed in his grandmother’s house for years. Harrington wanted to use it for some type of video project.  But it instead wound up burning in a raucous New Year’s Eve party. From there, the Harrington family transferred the instrument on their 22-foot boat to the Biscayne Bay, as a public art installation.  The 16-year-old Harrington hoped to use photos for his portfolio application to Cooper Union School of Art.

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“I wanted to create a whimsical, surreal experience. It’s out of the everyday for the boater,” Harrington told The Associated Press.

“I don’t like it be considered as a prank,” he said. “It’s more of a movement.”

For much of January, this mystery “piano bar” remained undisturbed.  Then an amateur photographer named Suzanne Beard captured an image that was posted on the National Geographic website.  It became an immediate viral sensation. Another person tried claiming responsibility, but Harrington stepped forward with his footage to prove his involvement.

Nothing beats this piano, though…

[via AP]

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