But Bristol artist Luke Jerram has been making street pianos a thing of the norm in cities all over the world with his ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ exhibition and the installation is coming back to the UK in September of this year.
The project installs old pianos in various locations; public parks, streets, train stations etc. and simply allows the public to play music.
So simple yet so superb, ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ has been touring internationally since 2008 – the first installation in Birmingham saw 15 pianos being placed around the city for 3 weeks. It’s estimated that over 140,000 people played or listened to the music.
For the past 6 years, the pianos have been in Bristol, New York, Perth, Munich, Paris and more but spent most of last year abroad.
Now the project plans to come to Canary Wharf in 2015 with plans of 15 pianos to be placed around our capital.
‘Play Me I’m Yours’ has brightened millions of peoples lives, including Jamie Cullum, and each city has it’s own unique website that people can use to share their experiences.
'Such a simple concept that brings out the best in people. It reminds us of the strange and beautiful things that can happen in everyday life.' - Jamie Cullum
A bride enjoying the music in Paris 2014 -
Of Course, Jerram had to have some here in Bristol, have a look at this video of ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ in 2009 –
It’s not just a but of fun either, Luke’s project showcases real musical talent like this amazing video of Irene Diaz in California –
And pianist Inna Faliks in Central Park, NYC in 2010 –
Jerram’s art has now reached over 6 million people worldwide, he’s installed 1,300 pianos in 45 cities and it’s made a massive impact on people, so we’re pretty excited to have it back here in the UK.
Remember the Park Street ‘Park and Slide’ last year? The 300ft water slide built on Park Street? Over 65,000 came to watch in May last year, it was pretty spectacular. Luke Jerram did that too, he’s doing wonders for Bristol art, so if you’re around Canary Wharf in September go check it out.
Keep updated on all of Jerram's latest artwork on his website.