But that has changed this month as 10 new sculptures - all made from pianos - have gone on display across the city centre in a bid to celebrate “the craftsmanship, musicianship and long lasting impact that the world’s most famous instrument plays in our daily lives.”
The sculptures form part of the Leeds International Piano Competition that runs this month.
They include a six-metre-tall tripod of giant elephant tusks, and a pyramid of three pianos in Leeds Central Station, which are still playable.
The upcycled pianos have formed part of Edinburgh’s Pianodrome project, with a concurrent project set to take place in Scotland.
Pianodrome Directors, Tim Vincent-Smith and Matthew Wright said: “This is a wonderful commission and a wonderful opportunity for us to work with local artists and community groups, to explore new ideas and create new work in celebration of the role the piano has played in our lives for over 300 years. We offer this gift to the people of Leeds in the hope that it will bring joy”
The trail of 10 sculptures is free and open from today.