The best little Piano Bar in Miami (mystery that was) !

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Panoramic from east to west over the “Mystery Piano” sand bar

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You’ve probably heard about this story on the news earlier this year. A baby grand piano suddenly appeared on a little sandbar in Biscayne Bay creating a mystery of who-done-it. Finally after a week full of wind and clouds, I was able to make it out there one sunny thursday afternoon.. to see & capture.  Sure glad that I did, because a couple of hours after I saw it, it was hauled away by a boat towing company!

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Miami piano bar location

Lead-up story about the piano from NY Times 

This sandbar is hard to spot from a distance, so I couldn’t see it when I launched, but paddled in a general NW direction based on Google Earth research. As I made my approach, there were already people there, including a local latin TV station doing their story accompanied by the Miami-Dade Parks’ “Pelican Island Skipper”.

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Arrival at sandbar.. I watch a local latin TV crew shooting their story

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.. while Miami-Dade Parks watches over TV crew..

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.. and a helicopter watches over everything!  😉

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High tide at the best little Piano Bar in Miami! 😉
CLICK for full screen VR 360 Panorama!

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This was fun to watch, though after about 20 minutes the show was over and I was able to get out and get some of my own footage! 🙂

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Nearing high tide, there wasn’t much real estate left.

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I took a small digital liberty with the (graffiti) “tag” already on the piano and turned it into something more conceptually interesting .. que no?!

BEETHOVEN’S   ‘Für Elise’     ..      just listen in while you read! 🙂

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“Piano Panic #1” – looks gorgeous in print !
Available from Kayakfari ART!

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Even though the piano was in a derelict state, having been abused, burned, shat on and attacked by saltwater corrosion for nearly a month, it stood as a powerful visual symbol out there in the bay!

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“Miami Piano Bar #2” 
Available from Kayakfari ART!

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I imagined hearing Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’ .. it was sweet! 🙂

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The warped wood still held rusting strings stretched tight &  covered with sea grasses and bird poop.

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Panoramic of Rust .. that didn’t sleep for a month!

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decay can have it’s own charm ..

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The Wheelock name goes back to 1880, but who knows how old this one was?

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Another 20 minutes later, other boaters arrived and I bid farewell to this ill fated piano. It was a beautiful January day in South Florida, so I paddled out back towards some of the little islands in North Biscayne Bay to enjoy the views and put some paddling time in.

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Beautiful afternoon panoramic on North Biscayne Bay in Miami is also available as a print!

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JFK Causeway bridge and Miami Beach

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Just a while later I looked back at the sand bar with binoculars and watched as it got hauled away .. what good luck I had coming here today, the last day .. and that I had almost missed it!

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Piano about to be hauled away just a couple of hours after I saw it!

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Sometimes I wonder, is this what really happened to the piano? 😉

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Some more stories about the piano bar:

http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/piano-island

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/01/28/107701/miamis-biscayne-bay-piano-bar.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/27/2037957/state-orders-piano-removed-from.html

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This advertisment-free video tells the whole story and who ended up with it in the  END!!

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DISCLAIMER:: The maps and images on this site are not intended for navigation, I am not a guide; use any and all information at your own risk! Your mileage may vary .. so use good judgement before venturing out!

With that said..
Blessings friends!

🙂

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