January 19, 2009

Walking Piano from ‘Big’ finds museum home

The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia said it has acquired the 16-foot keyboard played by Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia in 1988 movie Big.

The Walking Piano, created by Philadelphia artist Remo Saraceni, was sold to Joseph and Janet Shein shortly after the release of the movie, which featured Hanks and Loggia playing Chopsticks and Heart and Soul on the instrument, The Philadelphia Enquirer reported Monday.

The Sheins said they decided to donate the piano after the museum moved to its new location last fall.

We love this piece, Joe Shein said. We felt it was a new direction for electronic sculpture.

The museum said the piano will be unveiled to the public in February.