I love this. It’s a project that leaves pianos in public spaces for anyone to play. It’s in Geneva right now and in London (Jun 2011) and San Juan (Dec 2011) this summer. It’s also made stops in Austin, Adelaide, Grand Rapids, Pécs, San Jose, Belfast, Cincinnati, Blackburn & Burnley, New York, London, Bath, Barcelona, Bristol, London, Bury St Edmunds, Sydney, Sao Paulo, and Birmingham.
Touring internationally since 2008, “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Over 400 pianos have now been installed in cities across the globe, from New York to Sydney, 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 is up to each community. Many pianos are personalised and decorated by artists or the local community. ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ disrupts people’s negotiation of their city and invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.
Each city has a website made for the public to upload their films, photos and stories sharing their interaction with the pianos. The websites act as one of the legacies for the project whilst connecting the pianos and communities across each city. After each presentation of the project, the pianos are donated to schools and community groups in the area.
What a great idea. I can think of several places in Saskatoon that would be perfect for a street piano (Vimy Memorial, Meewasin Valley near Lawson Heights, Rotary Park, Kinsmen Park). Anyone want to help bring it to Saskatoon?