We have been involved in a number of street piano projects and they all deliver great results for communities wanting to encourage positive human connections in public spaces.
It’s great to see pianos springing up all over the place this summer, and impromptu tunes breaking out.
Don Shipley, Pan Am Games creative director of arts, culture and festivals, found 41 pianos (one is a baby grand, another is 100 years old) and recruited 41 local artists to paint them. The plan is to place colourful pianos in locations such as Pearson Airport, the CN Tower, the Distillery District and even on a Toronto Island ferry.
The “Play Me, I’m Yours” project started in 2008 by British artist Luke Jerram. The project has spread to cities such as Sao Paulo, London, New York, Sydney, Red Deer and Calgary.
“I think you’ll come across people who will play great classical or great jazz,” said Shipley, “or who just can’t resist playing ‘Heart and Soul’ or something they learned as a kid.”
Read more about the Toronto initiative here in The Globe and Mail.
[Photo credit from MorgueFile.com: Playing piano – Kenn W. Kiser]