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Russian pianist plays music in landfill site in campaign against pollution

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Getting the grand piano to the landfill was a challenge.

St Petersburg musician Pavel Andreev staged an unusual performance to draw attention to the problem of global pollution.

For a project called 'Breath of the Planet', the venue of the traditional concert hall was replaced with a landfill site in Russia's northern Leningrad region.

Mr Andreev spent six hours at the site surrounded by the stench of tonnes of garbage and cries of thousands of seagulls.
In a video clip posted on social media, Andreev played his own composition against the backdrop.

Andreev told Reuters said the idea for the project came to him while he played a grand piano on a drifting platform on a lake at Russia's famous Ruskeala natural park.

The grand piano is positioned for the performance.
The grand piano is positioned for the performance.
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"I wanted speak about the beauty of nature from the opposite side," Andreev told Reuters.

He said he hopes to raise awareness of the use of garbage as a resource that could be transformed into clean energy or other recyclable materials.

Garbage disposal has become a widely discussed topic in Russia last year as the stench of landfills in the Moscow region caused continuous protests among the locals.

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