Playable pianos transformed into works of art on the streets of downtown Mesa, AZ,
part of the internationally touring PLAY ME, I’M YOURS exhibition
Play Me, I’m Yours, an artwork exhibition placing decorated, playable pianos in public places in cities across the world, came to Mesa, Arizona March 1, 2016 and I wandered Mesa’s downtown streets looking for pianos.
Play Me, I’m Yours was first commissioned in Birmingham, UK in 2008, where 15 pianos were located across the city for three weeks. It was created by artist Luke Jerram. Since then, more than 1,500 pianos have been installed in 50 cities across the globe, with more planned and in discussion. The pianos are designed to provoke people to engage with their urban landscape and interconnect, and maybe coax a hidden musician or two out of the woodwork.
In Mesa, artists, working with local community groups, transformed 24 playable pianos into works of art, 16 of which were located in downtown Mesa. Downtown Mesa has no skyscrapers and few multi-story buildings. With wide streets, broad sidewalks, and lack of hustle-bustle, it was an easy area to walk through and discover the pianos. Seven other pianos were located in other parts of Mesa, including one at Mesa-Gateway airport. The last piano was a “rogue” piano and was moved regularly, with people encouraged to follow @rougepianomesa on Twitter to see where it showed up next.
Brochures were available at each piano containing information on the exhibit and the locations of the pianos. The exhibit runs until April 9, 2016. For information on other current and upcoming locations for street pianos see Play Me, I’m Yours.