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Between September 27th and October 14th, Boston was part of a unique art project. As a part of the “Play Me, I’m Yours,” created by artist Luke Jerram, 75 pianos were installed all over Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline.
Jerram’s project has been touring internationally since 2008. Over 1,000 pianos have been placed in 37 cities worldwide. These pianos were individually decorated by the local community and artists. Beginning on the 27th, the pianos were set out in public spaces throughout Boston and its surrounding areas, allowing anyone to play them. The name of the project, “Play Me, I’m Yours”, was inscribed on each piano, inviting people to utilize the instruments.
The project was sponsored by the Celebrity Series of Boston, an organization which presents performing arts to the Boston area, as a part of its 75th anniversary celebration. The “Play Me, I’m Yours” project uniquely fulfilled the Celebrity Series’ mission to present the Boston area with performing arts. Having numerous pianos scattered throughout the city allowed performing arts to reach a multitude of people that may not normally take part in musical performance. The piano in the garden at Boston Children’s Hospital was a favorite among the children while the piano at Ben & Jerry’s was appreciated by the crowds of people on Newbury Street. The piano on Berklee’s campus was an interesting site to visit because talented music students frequently played great music.
The “Play Me, I’m Yours” project has now moved on to its next city. Although the pianos no longer occupy the public spaces of Boston, their two week visit supplied Boston’s residents and visitors with a great deal of entertainment and enjoyment. The piano may be physically gone, but their presence remains online. Visit http://streetpianos.com/boston2013 to view pictures and videos of Boston’s 75 pianos.
Jordan Gosselin is a Staff Writer for The Hub and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org