Piano Garden

Piano Garden – Annea Lockwood (USA)

Installation: Saturday 29 June, 2013, 11am
Continues: forever!

Caerdroia, Gwydyr Forest, Llanrwst | Free

Soundlands’ second season launches Annea Lockwood’s re-creations of her 60s / 70s Piano Transplant series.

Annea makes ‘Piano Garden’ in Caerdroia, Gwydyr Forest – planting a piano in the ground. As prescribed in her 1969 score for the work, the piano is beyond repair and will slowly return to nature – while passers by witness its evolution.

Witness the planting then watch this space for updates over the coming months and years.

Live Stream

Soundlands is linking up three venues to screen live footage of three of Annea Lockwood’s Piano Transplant works for one evening only.

Live Stream

Piano Burning

Piano Burning (1968 - London)

Piano Burning (1968 – London)

Soundlands presents in partnership with Harwich Festival of the Arts and The Old Goods Yard Artists’ Collective:

Piano Burning – Annea Lockwood
Saturday 29 June, 2013
6.15pm (doors); 6:45pm (performance)
The Old Goods Yard, Treborth, Bangor | Free

Piano Garden

Piano Garden (1969-70 - Ingatestone, Essex)

Piano Garden (1969-70 – Ingatestone, Essex)

Soundlands in partnership with Golygfa Gwydyr presents:

Piano Garden – Annea Lockwood
Saturday 29 June, 11am
Caerdroia, Gwydyr Forest, Llanrwst | Free

Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant No.4

Piano Drowning (1972 - Amarillo, Texas)

Piano Drowning (1972 – Amarillo, Texas)

Harwich Festival of the Arts presents in partnership with Soundlands:

Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant No.4 – Annea Lockwood
26 June – 7 July, 2013
Harwich Beach

How to get there

Buses up to the site from Gwydyr Uchaf from 10am – more directions and information at Golyfa Gwydyr.

Walk to the Llwybr y Ceirw (Path of the Deer) to Piano Garden.

Piano Garden poster with Map

Mud Day

Following the opening of Piano Garden, Golygfa Gwydyr continues activities with a celebration of International Mud Day. Open to families and children of all ages the event includes:

  • Mad Hatters’ Tea Party – 11am (bring your own or they’ll have some to borrow on site).
  • den building – with Conwy Play Development
  • make a Bug Motel and Mud Kitchen
  • messy play!
  • acoustic performances from various woodland inhabitant

Contact Golyfa Gwydyr for further information.

About the Artist

Annea Lockwood is a New Zealand born composer now settled in the USA. During the 1960s she collaborated with sound poets, choreographers and visual artists, and also created a number of works such as the Glass Concerts which initiated her lifelong fascination with timbre and new sound sources. In 1968, and in synchronous homage to Christian Barnard’s pioneering heart transplants, Lockwood began a series of Piano Transplants in which defunct pianos were burned, drowned, beached, and planted in an English garden.
Many of her compositions include recordings of natural ‘found sounds’ and can be heard on labels such as Lovely, Harmonia Mundi and Ambitus.


Presented by Soundlands for Bangor Sound City in partnership with Golygfa Gwydyr.
Bangor Sound City is funded by Arts Council of Wales.

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