PIANISTIC DISPLAYS

As the Village Voice puts it:

“In 2004, there were “The Gates”.

And in 2008, there were “The Waterfalls”.

And now, in 2010, there will be THE STREET PIANOS!’”

Pianos, along with their accompanying pianists, will be hitting the streets of NYC this summer in a new public art exhibit called “Play Me, I’m Yours.” From June 21 to July 5, sixty upright pianos will be sprouting up in all five of the city’s boroughs in places such as Times Square, the Coney Island boardwalk and the Bronx Zoo.

“They’re out there to get people talking to one another and to claim ownership and activate the public space,” said the creator of the project, Luke Jerram, an artist who lives in Bristol. He previously brought incarnations of it to Birmingham, England; São Paolo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia. “It’s a blank canvas for everyone’s creativity.”

And, whether or not they play piano, the exhibit’s “blank canvas” will be attracting some (more or less) creative people to this event: Alicia Keys, Nathan Gunn, Lauren Gunn and Mayor Bloomberg, to name a few of the scheduled participants, via public service endorsements or public performances. (This blogger is also threatening to put in a cameo appearance.)

So expect anything from a transmigrated Vladimir Horowitz to a spun-off Liberace, an aspiring Oscar Peterson to a frustrated Jerry Lee Lewis, sounding off on the ivory; the keyboards are, within reason (I would presume), open to everyone.

The point, of course, being: Get your meanest rendition of “Chopsticks” sharpened up. This is gonna be cool, which is besides the fact that it’s a community effort (as it’s being set up by an an organization called Sing for Hope, which works to assist local artists, and they’ll be donating the pianos to local schools and community centers once the project is over).

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