"Play Me, I'm Yours" - 40 Street Pianos in Paris
Whether you're a professional pianist...
Or just starting out...
There are 40 brightly decorated pianos at your disposal on the streets of Paris from now until July 8, 2012. Look for them in popular tourist areas, public spaces and parks around the city. If you're not a musician, enjoy listening to the tunes of blues, rock and roll or classical music as others tickle the ivories from 9:30 am until 8:30 pm.
"Play Me, I'm Yours" is an art installation by British artist Luke Jerram and has been touring internationally since 2008. After spending 17 days on the streets, the pianos will be lent to a local non-profit organisation until the next edition of "Play Me, I’m Yours Paris" in 2013.
Knowing that the pianos would be in the Jardin du Palais Royal for the Fête de la Musique, I was excited to see a tweet by blogger "Aussie in France" about some mysterious covered objects encircling the fountain. Taking a quick look at the attached photo, I tweeted back to tell her that they were pianos and that I was planning to attend the concert in the afternoon. Much to my delight, she tweeted back an invitation to have a bird's eye view of the festivities from her lovely apartment overlooking the gardens. Talk about a treat. Take a look at this view!
Click here to read Aussie in France's post about the pianos and the Fête de la Musique.
A full list of the pianos' positions can be found online at "Play Me, I'm Yours" Paris 2012, a website where people are encouraged to upload and share videos, photos and stories about their encounters with the pianos.
|The view from Aussie in France's apartment|
|Aurélie Filippetti, the French Minister of Culture (2nd from left) with the British artist, Luke Jerram (right)|