Subscribe to Make Magazine Today!

If you’re impatient with the preamble and want to see it work, scan forward to about 0:39. [via Hack a Day]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Anonymous

    This made me smile. Can anyone translate the text?

    • Richard

      Can we make more people choose the stairs by making them more fun?

      Odenplan, Stockholm, Sweden

      66% more people than normally chose the stairs over the escalator

  • unwind

    I didn’t actually view all of it, but the opening question is “can we get more people to take the stairs by making them fun?”.

    I think I passed through this very station on the day of filming, I remember seeing a bunch of people doing rigging work close close to the staircase. Never got to see it working in full-blown piano-mode, though.

  • Anonymous

    Something similar (musical steps) was set up at the St. Paul Science Museum (MN) decades ago. I watched in both horror and amusement as someone fell down the steps.

    There should have been a rim shot at the bottom…

  • Anonymous

    It could be interesting have a contest. Find different locations with steps next to escalators and find interesting ways to convince people to use the steps like they did here (without talking to them). Whoever has the highest percentage of stair use wins!!!

  • Anonymous

    Thefuntheory.com

  • trevize

    A similar concept was used by artists Lara Usic, Margherita Pevere and Ivan Penov in Scorzé (Italy), may 2009.