Mysterious piano appears on summit of narrow trail in Santa Monica Mountains

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Santa Monica hills are apparently alive with the sound of music. How the source of sound got up the hill, however, became an entirely separate mystery — one that seemed to have been solved Friday.

On Thursday, hikers flocked to the so-called Santa Monica Mountains — clearly some Coloradans would dispute this particular 1,500-foot overlook’s status as a “mountain” — to behold, ponder and even sit down a play the upright piano that mysteriously appeared earlier in the day on the concrete structure atop the Topanga Lookout.

According to KCBS, the piano likely weighs 300 to 400 pounds. And the trail leading up to the graffiti-covered cement block at the site of an old fire tower is winding, steep and approximately two miles long.

Many Angelenos speculated on Twitter Thursday as to how and why the piano reached the hilltop. On Friday morning, several photos posted to Instagram indicated the piano was hauled up for a music video shoot involving artist Rachel Wong.

Wong was apparently a finalist in Ford’s 2012 “Gimme the Gig II” contest, according to her biography.

The Instagram posts explaining the piano ascent came primarily from Melvin Faner, and showed workers using rope to haul the large instrument up a ridgeline.

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