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Play Me I'm Yours Piano Installation

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Tinker on the keys of a street piano
Photo courtesy Play me I'm Yours facebook page

Join in the musical treasure hunt to find 20 decorated, stylised street pianos which have been painted and hidden all over Brisbane as part of the 'Play Me I'm Yours' Exhibition.

Each piano features the artwork of British artist Luke Jerram and is calling out for anyone and everyone to step up to the piano stool, take a seat and simply play.

The piano at the Powerhouse

The creator of this live art, musical public installation, Luke Jerram, is known globally for his innovative arts practice and large scale public artworks. He has gained extensive international media coverage and exhibited with many of the established cultural organisations around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London

I managed to find two of the pianos at very different locations one among mums with shopping trolleys, excited kids and strollers in the busy suburban Brookside Shopping Centre at Mitchelton and the other at the entrance to the edgy performance space, The Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm. The Powerhouse piano was a homage to tapestry and featured a delicate and intricate cross-stitched piano stool and framed pieces of the title of the exhibition.

Signage to Brookside Shopping Centre at Mitchelton

At first, you might think people are shy about stepping up to the keys, but the joyfulness of the pianos seems to break down barriers and call out for your inner Elton John, Billy Joel or Lady Gaga. Belt out a tune, sing a ballad or improvise. Just give a go.

This is an international exhibition which has been touring since 2008. The artwork has reached millions of people worldwide, with more than 1,900 street pianos installed in over 60 cities across the globe, from Tokyo to New York, with the invitation to 'Play Me, I'm Yours'.

The exterior to the Powerhouse

The installation is part of the Queensland Music Festival (QMF) which has been running for the past 20 years. It has grown from a biennial state-wide festival of music to a creator of annual festivals and events, producing over 800 live music experiences for the 2019 Festival.

Check the 'Play Me, I'm Yours' online map on the QMF website to find a piano nearest you as well as the other entertaining and creative events that the festival has to offer.

The exhibition is free and runs from 5-28 July 2019. If you do go to the Brisbane Powerhouse, be sure to spend some time in New Farm Park which is glowing in winter.

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Why? Play The Piano In Public
When: Check each venue for times
Where: 20 Locations Across Brisbane
Cost: Free
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There's also a piano asking to be played in Eumundi, Gillian!
by Elaine (score: 3|7436) 392 days ago
Love this - thanks Gillian
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