« on: January 27, 2011, 10:07:04 pm »
SO, I'm sure a few of us have heard about the "Piano Bar" incident. There's a thread about it in High Weirdness and a few posts about it in Internet Shenanigans.
Basically a grand piano was left on a sand bar in Florida and unexplained for some time.
Later on, a 16 year old kid fessed up and took credit for it, citing that he liked the idea and was also trying to build up his art portfolio.
A few of us, myself included, loved the actual deed to death. I thought it was a great bit of surrealism; that it's just the kind of thing that will get people to stop and look and really think about for a while. On top of it, the stunt gained national attention, albeit shortlived.
Then we find out it's some rich kid's ploy to get into art school. He was going to leave his name out of it, it seems, but someone indie filmmaker tried to claim credit for leaving that and several other pianos at various locations as some kind of publicity for a "controversial" new movie. So the reactions, it seems, are that the stunt itself loses value because of the person that did it.
I agree that it's a disappointment that it's some prospective art school kid instead of, say, a group of culture jammers. But is the value of it actually less because of who did it? Now this filmmaker, who comes across as all kinds of pretentious AND tried to steal someone's credit - would it have been worth even less if it was him instead of a 16 year old being helped out by his dad?
I'm not convinced that the effect is changed because the story is changed. If the piano was some kind of viral marketing attempt, the fact would remain that it got people's attention in a very real way.
And Able has already pointed out that this was apparently a Muse album cover?