A-Z #Gratitude: #Thanks for #Pianos

Play Me, I'm Yours. Sydney, 2009, "Photograph by Gino Gasparillo"
Play Me, I’m Yours. Sydney, 2009, “Photograph by Gino Gasparillo”

Day 16 of the A-Z Blogging Challenge and the letter P.

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Thanks for Pianos.

Is there a piano in your home? Do you play it?

There’s an art movement afoot that places full, upright pianos,  in a public place – often outdoors on a popular street corner or square – so anyone can sit down and play.   It’s a trend started  by artist Luke Jerram who says:

‘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 realised that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence. Placing a piano into the space was my solution to this problem, acting as a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of a space.’

Music does that.  Music changes people and places, and pianos parked somewhere unusual  are sure to get people talking, and playing, and if we’re lucky, singing, as well.  Thanks for pianos in public places and ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ first commissioned by Fierce Earth in Birmingham, UK in 2008.

Just another crazy idea, from a crazy artist supported by one of those government-funded arts organisations – changing the world, one note at a time.

Visit Street Pianos,  Play Me, I’m Yours.

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