Public Piano Installations, Incessant Jamming Coming to NYC

05.21.10 Marina Galperina

Sixty pianos will be scattered throughout the five boroughs this summer as artist Luke Jerram brings his touring public art installation to NYC. The installation “Play Me, I’m Yours” previously planted pianos in public areas and parks across London, São Paulo, Bristol and Barcelona.

The pianos’ prospected locations include the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bronx Zoo, Flushing Meadows, Coney Island Boardwalk, St. Marks Church and three spots in Times Square. Luke Jerram’s biggest rendition of “Play Me, I’m Yours” starts June 21st, with help from non-profits and Bloomberg. Jerram hopes:

The pianos act as a blank canvas for others’ creativity.

There’s something else the pianos will likely act a blank canvas for. If the inevitable vandalism will be decorative only and leave the pianos in playing condition, they will all be eventually donated to schools and hospitals. To prevent anyone from dragging the instruments away, they will be chain-tethered in place by 90-pound cinder blocks. |NYDN|