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Play me

July 2, 2010

British street artist Luke Jerram has placed 60 pianos in 50 locations around New York City in an effort to build a sense of community and provide local entertainment.

The pianos are positioned in various sites in Manhattan, such as Lincoln Center, the Staten Island Ferry terminal and the Central Park band shell.

On a recent Friday evening in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park, an ad hoc group formed, with local guitarists, a drummer and some singers accompanying the very talented pianist. A crowd gathered, and was singing and dancing along with the music. At one point, a Michael Jackson impersonator joined in and moonwalked along to the music.

Mr. Jerram has placed 130 pianos around the world since he started this project in 2008, including London, Sydney and Sao Paulo.  He has had over 40 requests from other cities in the first week that the pianos were placed in New York City.

According to Jerram, the pianos are a blank canvas for everyone’s creativity.

“The idea for Play Me, I’m Yours, came from visiting my local launderette. 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. I hoped that by placing a piano into the space it would act as a catalyst for conversation.”

If last weekend in Washington Square is any indication, I’d say it’s working.

photo: glasshouse images


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