Street Pianos is an ongoing project by British artist Luke Jerram, which started since 2008. Reaching as many as six million people all over the world, his massive global project has installed over 1,500 pianos in 45 cities, all bearing a sign that says “Play me, I’m yours.”
From London to New York, you can find these pianos pretty much everywhere – public parks, city squares, markets, train stations, bus shelters, ferries, and even more. Anybody can play and enjoy these street pianos, for as long as they like! Some pianos were done by Luke himself, or by other artists and local communities, for anyone to experience.
It’s been estimated that over 140,000 people (and counting) have played these pianos or listened to other people play them. As a project rooting from a thought by the artist that people have been spending so much time around strangers without interacting, one can say this almost decade-old venture is a massive hit.
On a feature by Bored Panda, they describe how the artist “decided to mix things up by placing brightly painted pianos in public places that he hoped would encourage spontaneous communication.” This was further elaborated by the website. “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.”
Luke expounded how the idea came about, which was just as spontaneous as the project’s mission is: when he visited a local launderette. “I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another,” he explained.
“I suddenly realized that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence,” he recalled. “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.”
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Current and upcoming tours for Play Me, I’m Yours:
- Florence, South Carolina 21 April – 7 May 2017
- Augsburg, Germany from 7-25 May 2017
- Paris 20 May – 11 July
- Geneva 14-27 June
- Munich 31 August – 17 September 2017
Based in Bristol, UK, 42-year-old Luke Jerram has traveled the world with his countless art projects, displays, and publications. After attending University of Gloucestershire, Foundation 1994, he went to St. Lawrence University, New York in 1996. He then had a First Class BA (Hons) Degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) from 1994-1997.
Since then, he’s had residencies in the US, UK, Latvia, and many others. He’s also a published author, having written books, articles for magazines and journals, and many more printed works, not to mention having various artwork that have been included in public collections all around the world. He’s also received an impressive number of fellowships, grants, and awards, not just in his homeland but elsewhere globally.
For more information about Luke Jerram and the street pianos project, visit the following pages:
Website: streetpianos.com / LukeJerram.com
Facebook: Play Me, I’m Yours – International home page / Luke Jerram
All photos featured were taken from the project’s official website and Facebook pages. Thanks so much for reading!
h/t: Bored Panda