Artist places pianos all over London, inviting spontaneous music-making

Luke Jerram has put a whole new spin on the phrase "performance art." The artist has placed 30 "street pianos" all over London in public spaces -- street corners, markets, train stations, squares and parks. Each has its own distinctive decoration, a song book and ...

an invitation: "Play Me -- I'm Yours."

Jerram, who has introduced the art work in a Sydney and Sao Paulo, likens the project to "a creative blank canvas" that gets filled in by passersby. In a BBC interview, the artist elaborates: "Questioning the ownership and rules of public space, Play Me I'm Yours is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment."

At the end of the display, July 13, the instruments will be"donated to local schools and community groups."

The concept is intriguing, at the very least, and the minds reels at the thought of how it might be applied to the streets of, say, Baltimore.

PHOTO OF LUKE JERRAM IN SAO PAOLO BY EVA BONFIM COURTESY OF LUKEJERRAM.COM

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