Artist Luke Jerram's 'Play Me, I'm Yours' artwork is in London until July 13. The project consists of street pianos that pop up anywhere; parks, outside train stations, football grounds and laundrettes have all been sites.
The pianos are there for the enjoyment of the public and for the public to tickle the ivories at will.
The pianos are blank canvases that go on to reflect the personality of the community that they are placed in. Many of the pianos have become personalized and decorated by the public. Part of the a project for the Fierce arts organization, the pianos are only the latest brainchild of Luke Jerram's creative talents.
The Guardian reports:
"So many people spend their lives now surrounded by horrible noises, working on screens, watching television, this was a way of having something nice just steal up on them where they would least expect it," said Kevin Isaacs, executive producer of Fierce.
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Piano - Leadenhall Market
In the past Jerram has floated an orchestra in hot air balloons to waken sleeping city residents and turned an abandoned railway tunnel into a ghostly installation.
The first pianos appeared in March 2008 in Birmingham UK. The journey of those first 15 pianos was documented at streetpianos.com. They have since appeared in other cities including Sydney.
The boy playing one of the 30 street pianos around Sydney for the Sydney Festival 2009. Located in public squares, bus shelters, parks, a tattoo parlour, hairdressers and even on a ferry, the pianos are there for any member of the public to play and decorate. The project conceived by UK artist Luke Jerram.
Jerram began his art career in 1997. He also makes a living working as a creative consultant. He lives in Bristol with his family.
His work has been featured in several museums including the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and Melbourne's The Australian Centre for Moving Image.
Luke Jerram has been nominated for the Artes Mundi 4 prize. The Artes Mundi awards current artists that have a significant impact on the world through their art.