Thanks to Beau Neville, Hastings College has maybe the most unique-looking piano in Nebraska.
For the past month, he has been painting the Knabe brand baby grand piano that is kept in the Hazelrigg Student Union cafeteria. Using interior latex paint, he is covering it with red, blue, green, orange and purple triangles, rhombuses and other geometric shapes.
“I didn’t want to do anything too literal,” Neville said. “I wanted it to be really colorful and wanted to do a graphic approach. So it’s kind of like a geometric puzzle. Everybody on the Hastings College campus fits together to make up the HC family, but we’re all different, all special and unique.”
College custodians stripped the formerly black piano and prepared it for Neville with gray primer.
It was the idea of Robin Koozer, chair of the college’s music department, that Neville paint the piano. Neville is a graduating senior from Alliance majoring in studio art.