dale. chihuly. piano.
Put artist Dale Chihuly together with Steinway & Sons and the result would be a piano like the Olympia. Actually, the result would be two Olympias, one that travels around the world on display and another for Dale's house.
art. case. collection.
The Olympia is part of Steinway's Art Case Collection and was designed for the 2002 Winter Olympics. According to Steinway's official Web site, the piano "reflects the abstract expression of wintery mountain forests juxtaposed with the bright Promethean colors idealized by the fire of the Olympic spirit." The pictures on the Steinway site do not do the piano any justice, however. The bright lime-green piano looks dull in their photos. I assure you, it's not.
but. i. don't. play.
If you're thinking you can't buy a piano because you don't play, don't worry about it. Neither does Dale. If you're thinking you can't buy the Olympia because it costs $375,000, I can't help you there. You're probably right.
I don't know where the touring version of the piano is at the moment, but Dale's is on display in the Sherman Clay store in Seattle. The guy at Sherman Clay (who told me Dale doesn't actually play piano) said he's not sure if Dale is going to keep his or sell it.