- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Some crosswalks in downtown Kalamazoo are being transformed to look like piano keys ahead of a big musical event.

The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival takes place April 26 to May 14. Festival organizers worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the city and others to install the three temporary crosswalks, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Ssf2fY ).

The crosswalks usually have blank roadway between white stripes. Now, they’ve been updated to look like big piano keys on the road.

Paul Keene of PK Contracting was among those who worked Monday on installation for the project.

“This is a first for me,” Keene said. “A lot of times we’ll do words like ‘drive-thru,’ but this is more artistic.”

Keene’s colleague Kim Weiss echoed his statements, saying she had also never done a project like this.

“It’s fun watching people watch us,” Weiss said. “They think it’s pretty cool, and I do too.”

The crosswalks are scheduled to return to normal after the festival wraps up.

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Online:

https://www.thegilmore.org

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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