PLAY me, I’m yours!

The mere fact of placing pianos in the street leads the urban condition to unexpected situations.

Touring internationally since 2008, “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Over 500 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. 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.

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.

‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ has now reached over a two million people worldwide. Each new city that commissions the work becomes part of this growing international legacy. In 2012, the artwork will be presented in Los Angeles in April, San Juan (Puerto Rico) in May, London and Salt Lake City in June and Salem (Oregon) in July – with more cities to follow.

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