Public Street Pianos Come to New York
Artist Luke Jerram is running a creative experiment to capitalize on individual integrity and talent.
Last summer, we covered “Play Me, I’m Yours” as it came to London. It seems now, it will take over the Big Apple.
Unlike many successful public installations of the past, The Gates and The Waterfalls among them, New York City’s latest offering is a creative experiment to capitalize on individual integrity and talent.
“Play Me, I’m Yours,” presented by Sing for Hope, a service organization for artists,will bring 60 pianos to all five of New York City’s boroughs, with 27 locations in Manhattan alone. The effort is being supported by everyone from Alicia Keys to actress Lauren Ambrose and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The idea, started by artist Luke Jerram, has also brought public pianos to the Sao Paulo and Sydney, and strives to keep the movement going throughout the world:
“‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ was designed to act as a catalyst for strangers who regularly occupy the same space, to talk and connect with one another.
Disrupting people’s negotiation of their city, the pianos are also aimed to provoke people into engaging, activating and claiming ownership of their urban landscape.”
Image from Sydney 2009 – Photograph by Luke Jerram