The Walking Piano

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Walking Piano at FAO Schwarz, Fifth Avenue, New York City, 2004

The Walking Piano, also called the Big Piano by its creator, Remo Saraceni, is an oversized synthesizer.[1] Merging dance, music, and play, it is played by the user's feet tapping the keys to make music. Versions of the piano have been installed in museums, children's hospitals, and other public places around the world.

An early version of the Walking Piano was installed at FAO Schwarz in New York City in 1982. A new version was specifically created for the 1988 Tom Hanks movie Big at the request of director Penny Marshall.[2][3][4] That piano was housed in the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until about 2013.[2][5]


  1. ^ Louie, Elaine (September 29, 1988). "A Piano You Can Walk On". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Larry Getlen (2013-12-07). "FAO Schwarz piano still a hit 25 years after 'Big'". NY Post. Retrieved 2016-09-04.
  3. ^ "Featured in Big, Remo Saraceni's Walking Piano Plays Its Sweetest Music at the Cash Register". People. September 12, 1988. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  4. ^ McFarland, Kevin (October 14, 2013). "Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock recreated the walking piano scene from Big on a British late-night show". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Alison Smith (2015-02-25). "Please Touch Named a Top Children's Museum". Retrieved 2015-11-29.

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