DAVID COX – Pianola Phoenix (Le Phénix Vermillion)
Past Event

The Piano Transformation

Presented by Pianos Recycled


Thu 18 May 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 19 May 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri 19 May 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 11:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 24 May 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 25 May 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 26 May 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 27 May 9:00am - 5:00pm


Free, no booking required


G1 + G2, Kingston Arts Centre
979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin VIC 3189, Australia


Accessible bathroom Low sensory / relaxed Wheelchair accessible

The Piano Transformation Design Challenge 2023 is an exhibition and transformation archetype that highlights the potential for creating a future circular economy through curiosity, design, and creativity.

Each object on display at the exhibition has been crafted by a local artisan, hobbyist, or student using materials that have been reclaimed from unwanted pianos. This highlights the idea that there are limitless possibilities to save the environment through imagination.

The challenge to design and create something unique and handmade from piano parts has been issued to local makers and maker communities by collaborating with eco-innovation partners in local government, education (such as KIOSC/Swinburne and RMIT Design), industry (including the Australian Furniture Association and Victorian Woodworkers Association), and non-profit sectors (such as Guitars Gathering Dust and the Piano Project).

During the exhibition, a live project will take place to create an “exploded” piano display of most of the 12,000 parts that make up a piano. There will be onsite and/or online presentations throughout the exhibition period. Additionally, the exhibition will present piano information and history for educational purposes.

The project intends to work with interested communities during the design stage and prototype build of a collaborative arts project. The finished project will be a transportable amphitheatre made entirely of piano materials. It will take the form of a circle of seating wedges, which is a symbol of gathering since ancient times. This arts installation is simultaneously diverse and cohesive, embracing multiple ideas to create an eclectic collection of forms, materials, and textures. It will be a contemporary symbol of Victoria’s heritage and multifaceted cultural connections.



Anton Gerner

Anton Gerner is an award-winning furniture designer and maker based in the Melbourne suburb of East Hawthorn. From a showroom and workshop that was once the local dairy, he and his small, dedicated team of highly skilled craftspeople create one-off pieces of furniture for Australian and international clients.

Benjamin Reddan

Benjamin Reddan is a passionate designer maker who believes that well made furniture has a soul and that in its making, every component should be treated with respect and care.  A strong inspiration for him is Japanese art and design, specifically the practice of Yosegi – the art form of creating timber patterns from different coloured woods that are thinly sliced. Benjamin firmly believes we need to move away from our throwaway society and one way to do this is through the collection and appreciation of heirloom designed pieces.

William Hancock

William Hancock is an international award winning acoustic instrument maker who converts pianos into different musical instruments.

Port Phillip Mens Shed

The Men’s Shed provides a safe and caring mateship environment. The members hail from all walks of life and from different age groups. Folks from all backgrounds and abilities are very welcome.

Brian Falkenberg

A master woodturner, Brian Falkenberg teaches, passes on his knowledge and along the way picks up awards for his works. He is an inspirational creative leader influencing Victorians.

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