Friday, 26 October 2012

15 pianos in Cambridge streets and parks

Pianos in parks and on pavement

The pianos

Fifteen painted pianos sit around Cambridge, in parks and under bridges, on the street and in a mall, and invite passers-by to "play me".

(photo from Varsity)

This fantastic street installation is the brainchild of artist Luke Jerram.  It's called Play Me, I'm Yours, and it's been touring the world since 2008.  Check out its schedule:  it may be coming to a town near you!

All sorts of people, adults and children and teenagers, are sitting down and playing all sorts of music in all sorts of unlikely places.

(photo by David Donnan)

Read, see and hear more:

•  Cambridge Network
•  Cambridge Evening News
•  Loads more pictures

The artist

Luke Jerram conceived the project. His other art includes kinetic sculptures and an amazing set of gifts that include 'a toaster made for a friend who believes in miracles' (that toasts the shape of the Virgin Mary's face into each slice of bread) and 'a gift that caught fire, made for a friend who was sad').

(Miracle toaster, image from Luke Jerram)

By the way, Kayleigh Doughty, one of the graffiti artists on Newmarket Road (previous blog post), painted a piano, too!

What: Play Me, I'm Yours, installation of 15 painted pianos around public places in Cambridge, conceived by Luke Jerram in 2008
When: 22 October - 3 November 2012
Where:  Follow this handy piano map from King's Parade to Cherry Hinton Hall and Cambridge Leisure, from Jesus Green and Arbury Court to Midsummer Common and the Grand Arcade. 

Read my follow-up post with my photos of all of the 15 pianos here!


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