Random Pianos Will Be Placed All Around the Boston For Anyone to Play
In celebration of their 75th season, the Celebrity Series of Boston is partnering with Street Pianos to bring his public piano installation, “Play Me I’m Yours,” to the city of Boston from Friday, September 27 through Monday, October 14, by setting up 75 pianos throughout Boston, making them available for anyone who wants to play to sit down and start hitting the keys.
Touring internationally since 2008, “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Reaching over three million people worldwide – more than 800 pianos have already been installed in 35 cities across the globe, from New York to London, bearing the simple instruction ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’.
Located in public parks, bus shelters and train stations, outside galleries and markets and even on bridges and ferries the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy. Who plays them and how long they remain on the streets is up to each community. Many pianos are personalised and decorated by artists or the local community. By creating a place of exchange ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.
Jerram, the “Play Me I’m Yours” creator, said the project brings life to areas that people may casually stroll past, and gives residents a chance to mingle while showing off their talents. He came up with the idea after going to the laundromat mat regularly, and noticing that no one ever interacted. “I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another. I suddenly realized that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence. Placing a piano into the space was my solution to this problem, acting as a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of a space,” he said.
Street Pianos in London 2010