Musical stairs reminds me of the Tom Hanks movie – Big. I remember watching it as a kid and being totally blown away by the huge piano keys built into the floor. I imagined being there myself while watching Tom Hanks play the piano by jumping around and stomping back and forth between the keys.
In 2009, the German automaker – Volkswagen did something along those lines. Difference was that they turned regular stairs into a piano to make it fun and encourage people to use the stairs instead of the escalator; to promote health and fitness.
I found the following on the autoblog: VW didn’t send out a lame piece of PR extolling the virtues of exercise to get some hearts pumping harder. Instead, the automaker turned an ordinary set of subway stairs into a mega-sized piano, they called it “The Fun Theory”. When passers-by step on the stairs, each key makes the appropriate piano sound. VW says 66% more people used the stairs after music came on the scene, and judging from the video, it looks like they were having fun doing it, too.
For those of you who haven’t watched Big or forgotten the Piano scene, here’s a refresher 🙂