Ever wonder what a Mini would look like if it were transformed into a rolling piano? Yeah, us neither. But Mini’s gone ahead and done it anyway.
The one-of-a-kind Countryman features an electric keyboard in the trunk, emblazoned in a multicolored pattern that’s repeated on the contrasting roof and door mirrors. The bodywork is otherwise blue, with black alloys and wheel arches.
The special crossover is born out of Mini’s collaboration with Sing For Hope, an initiative that places 51 pianos, each individually designed by local artists, around New York City for everyone to enjoy. They’re already deployed and will be on site until June 24 across all five boroughs. Musicians can find them at Carl Schurz Park, Jacob Schiff Playground, and Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan; the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, and Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn); the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx; Flushing Town Hall, Rockaway Park, and Unisphere Flushing Meadows in Queens; and the Greenbelt Nature Center and Midland Beach on Staten Island (to name just a few of the locations).
There’ll be even more dispatched to schools throughout the city. And there was a special launch event held on Monday at 28 Liberty Plaza, featuring performances by Lucky Chops, Sarah Dash, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and the cast of Wicked.
“Mini is pleased to partner with Sing for Hope in its important mission, bringing even more music, more art, more spontaneous moments of community to every corner of NYC with our unique mobile #MINIPiano,” said marketing manager Lee Nadler. “Mini wants to leverage its creativity to enhance city life, and we are excited to amplify the great work that Sing for Hope is doing by expanding the reach of music throughout the five boroughs via the #MINIPiano.”