Play It Again, Sam: Street Pianos Around for One More Week

Seventy-five pianos are currently available around greater Boston for public use, but only for one more week!

Seventy-five pianos are currently available around greater Boston for public use, but only for one more week! Image via Wikimedia Commons.

In 2008, British artist Luke Jerram installed “Play Me, I’m Yours” for the first time in Birmingham, England. Five years, 37 cities, and 1,000 pianos later, the citywide interactive art project has made its mark on Boston and Cambridge. On October 14, however, this leg of the tour comes to a close, but there’s still time to tickle the ivories at the 75 brightly colored pianos around town.

Boston.com has taken some great photos of our neighbors enjoying these pianos, and one young man says he plans to play each of the 75 uprights and baby grands around the city. But the essence of this project is about you: “Play Me, I’m Yours” is presented as part of Boston’s long-running Celebrity Series, which has brought world-renowned artists to our Commonwealth for 75 years. This year, the Celebrity Series organizers decided to emphasize the world-class talent all around us.

After “Play Me, I’m Yours” visited Sao Paulo, Brazil and brightened up that city’s train stations, Sao Paulo decided to make pianos a permanent public good at all the city’s tram stops. Would you like to see something similar happen here? Leave a comment and let me know!

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