In a busy downtown area, you expect to hear certain noises.
The soundtrack of Lynchburg is a mix of cars and construction, but the city is about to buzz with a more pleasant melody.
Donated pianos will soon sit along Lynchburg's Main Street. The instruments will be available for everyone to play.
"I want people to feel like, if they're on their lunch hour or if they work down here, that they can stop and play something," said Libby Fitzgerald, a Lynchburg resident who is organizing a project called "Keys for the Hill City."
Five pianos will be placed on the sidewalks between 5th and 12th Streets.
Fitzgerald came up with the idea, after seeing something similar in Pennsylvania.
"It's a magical thing," Fitzgerald said. "We went to see it last fall and it livens downtown."
The pianos on Lynchburg's streets will be works of art, painted by area students.
Dan Lunde's class at Jefferson Forest High School is dressing its ivories up with a dance theme.
"When you play piano you are dancing with your hands, so the idea is to draw different poses of dancers," explained Jefferson Forest senior Austin Johnson, who designed the concept.
"It's a really fun way for us to get our artwork out into the public, and have the public experience it and use it in their own creative way," said Ian Buchanan, a junior at Jefferson Forest who is painting the piano.
Five high schools are participating. Each one is giving its piano a distinctive look.
When placed on the street, the installation will create more than just music.
"This is part of a public art concept, which is art that the public can enjoy and use," explained Fitzgerald. "It's visible and there for us to enjoy every day."
The pianos will be installed May 2 and will stay on Main Street through the end of September.