Play me, I'm yours
Fifteen pianos are being dotted around Birmingham as part of a community music project. Take a look at where you can find the pianos and where to upload your pictures...
Fierce! are working with international artist Luke Jerram on a unique community music project titled 'Play me, I'm yours'.
Workmen playing the piano
Between 10th and 24th March 2008, 15 pianos will appear in various locations around the city, including skate parks, industrial estates, laundrettes, shopping precincts, bus shelters and train stations, outside pubs and football grounds. Each will have a small plaque attached saying 'Play me, I'm yours'.
The pianos are free for anyone to play, and at certain times professional musicians will be invited to show their talents alongside members of the public who fancy giving piano playing a go.
Members of the public were asked to donate the pianos last month and to nominate places within their communities for the pianos to be sited - from Bournville to Erdington, Aston to Northfield.
Luke Jerram will be documenting the community's responses to the pianos. He's asking people to post their stories, films and photos onto the website: www.streetpianos.co.uk.
Through placing pianos across Birmingham the project will explore how communities access and participate in music making in a variety of settings. How long will the pianos remain in place? Who will play on them? Will each piano become a local meeting point as well as a talking point? Where will they end up? In someone’s home, in the river, burnt out, sold on ebay?
Artist Luke Jerram said: "Like many people, I don’t know the names of the people living opposite our house. I'm interested to see if these pianos help to connect people and promote a sense of community. Some of the pianos will be loved, others ignored. Some people may just enjoy wrecking them, but that's ok - the pianos are theirs! "
Fierce! produces the annual Fierce Festival across the West Midlands. The eleventh festival will take place in May and June 2008.
Previous public projects have included 'Name in Lights' with a resident’s name appearing in lights on top of Birmingham Library and a bird's nest, complete with a bird man, on the side of the Rotunda.
Together with Luke Jerram, other projects have included hot air balloons and musicians floating above Birmingham and Stratford Upon Avon at dawn and the subterranean Tunnel Vision taking people underneath the city.
For a list of where to find the piano locations and details of how to download your stories, films and pictures, see the Street Pianos website.
last updated: 10/03/2008 at 15:28