I was on the phone with a friend lately. She was in Paris and suddenly said: “You might hear a piano, there’s one in the middle of the train station.”
And then I remembered something I heard the day before: indeed, there are pianos in the streets of Paris so that anybody can play them. This concept is actually an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram.
So here you go, walking through Paris’ streets, and you find a piano, curiously decorated by an artist. Intriguing. And suddenly, someone does not resist any longer, just sits and plays. And people gather, listen. And conversations are born between people who might not even have noticed each other otherwise.
I thought it would be great to share it with you, since the concept seems wonderful to me.
The idea for ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ came from visiting my local launderette. I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another. I suddenly realised that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence. Placing a piano into the space was my solution to this problem, acting as a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of a space.
Luke Jerram, creator of ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’
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