Cleveland piano is back in place

A PIANO destroyed by vandals in the Cleveland CBD has been repaired and is back in place outside the Cleveland Library with security video cameras in place.

ON SONG: Piano repairer Dan Ling working on pianos inside his shed at Alexandra Hills.

ON SONG: Piano repairer Dan Ling working on pianos inside his shed at Alexandra Hills.

The piano and other street items were installed last May as part of efforts to bring back people to the Cleveland CBD.

It lasted six months before vandals struck, snapping off all 85 hammers –  those parts which strike the strings when the keys are played.

It led to some crowd funding and a $1200 repair job which was done by Alexandra Hills resident Dan Ling, the man who donated the instrument to Redland City Council.

I'M YOURS PLAY ME: The piano with its seaside mural painted by artist May Sheppard.

I'M YOURS PLAY ME: The piano with its seaside mural painted by artist May Sheppard.

Mr Ling said a couple of keys were slightly out of tune which he would repair.

“I’ll probably be looking after that piano forever,” he said.

The piano was painted by artist May Sheppard and helpers. Ms Sheppard has called on the community to watch over the piano.

Mr Ling had fought with council to have the piano fitted to a wheeled frame so that it could be moved in an out of the library foyer daily for protection.

Council opposed this, arguing that it was not appropriate for staff having to handle such a heavy instrument.

Mr Ling said he hoped all would be well with the piano

“There are security cameras above it so, hopefully, everything will be all right,” he said.