Piano Drop 2012 | MIT Baker House | Cambridge, MA

Last week I was checking out Boston.com headlines and one caught my eye.  MIT's Piano Drop Celebrates 40 Years....  How could I possibly deny my gut and make the time to go check it out. So, as I crossed the river on Thursday and while it was a perfect day for sailing, when I turned back around and headed toward Cambridge I could already see the spectacle that was to be my afternoon distraction.

Yep, I threw on my longer lens and sure enough that is a piano on the roof of that building.

You know you're near MIT when there are signs of SMOOTS and you overhear conversations about Standard Deviations. And then you start to hear someone with a bullhorn encouraging free food and a chance to watch a piano drop from a 6 story building...

Indeed a fair amount of caution tape was used but not nearly as much as I had expected.

And to my surprise, there was a piano on the ground as well as on the roof... ummmm, what? Double Pianos? Well, now this is getting exciting!

You may be asking yourself, what's the purpose, well, as it turns out it started by a bit of a prankster on the last day you could drop a class for the Semester... and well, it's been a tradition ever since, and while you may have other questions my only question that day was whether I could get up on that roof too! And indeed...

I crammed in with a bunch of college students and headed up to the roof... with a few stops in between... I was not disappointed.

Things were rigged up and the last few communication checks were happening...

Everything seemed under control and time was drawing near, so with a final look around and the crowd growing on the ground below I headed back down to ensure a good spot.

I overheard plenty of comments about what the impact will be like and whether they had protected enough windows and such. My concern was more about whether something might come flying at my camera lens and I decided to have blind faith that after 40 years these MIT folks know what they're doing... {shrug}

The excitement grew and everyone was poised and ready... And, well, a lot of news stations had shown up and I chose to stand closest to the AP. Why not?

The time had finally come... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....

Click above to see the animation of the drop!

Here are a few favorites...

Direct hit!

I can't even explain how fast this all happened. I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was...

The crowd was happy! And before the dust even settled something I didn't expect happened...

...this woman, I presumed was a Professor ran out, and well then the rest of the crowd joined her...

It took me a moment to understand, but... they were taking souvenirs. AHHHHHH... I see... ha.

This was a popular item... and then others got very ambitious...

Apparently there were a couple cameras strapped to the dropped piano so these guys were trying to recover them in the chaos and carnage!

I bet that when this piano was made, it's fate would never have been guessed... from up there...

...to down here...

And soon, things calmed down and people headed out with their treasures and things returned to normal.

And I raced home hoping not to get rained on. Until next time!