Two Miami teenagers say it was all for the sake of art, and they have the pictures to prove their story.
Nicholas Harrington and his friend Julian Kolevris-Roots got the baby grand from a relative, and they used sparklers to set the instrument on fire as a photography subject.
After the fire, the teens used a 22-foot boat to bring the piano out to the sandbar. They were hoping to create a mystery in Biscayne Bay.
It worked until another man came forward and said he put the piano there. An independent filmmaker said he was trying to portray the death of art. That convinced the teens to tell their story.
"I liked the idea of an anonymous piano out there, no explanation to it. But another person came out with the idea that they did it, that's just not right. But what people would do for publicity, who knows," Kolevris-Roots said.
The piano has become a popular spot. Several other photographers and swimmers have visited the site to see it for themselves.