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Play Me, I’m Yours

June 21, 2012

June 21st marks the beginning of Summer, but over the last few years, it’s also become famous for being the official date of the “Fête de la Musique“, an all-night celebration of music that has fleetingly brought animation all around France for 30 consecutive years. Paris of course is no exception to the rule with bands playing at every street corner and some major venues like the Louvre Museum, the place Denfert-Rochereau, the City Hall or the Palais Royal’s Gardens.

This year, an unusual event is noteworthy with the advent in Paris of the “Play Me I’m Yours” project, an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram that consists in scattering 40 pianos throughout the city. The pianos are bound to become a common sight in Paris in the next few days as they will be installed in various areas such as parks, popular streets, shopping malls or in front of famous monuments. They will only be installed for a very short period of time, from June 22nd to July 8th. They will be left at people’s disposal during day-time so that anybody can express their musical creativity in public, practice their skills or simply bring a fun atmosphere to the streets…

The event is already quite popular around the world with more than 5 million players in cities like Geneva, New York, Sydney, Los Angeles, Barcelona or Sao Paulo. London, Toronto and Salt Lake City are among the cities that should soon also welcome the pianos.

The artist got the idea of the pianos after observing that inhabitants of big cities would frequently run into each others without ever talking to each others. The concept of a public project was born. It just took some patience to gather the pianos in sufficient number to have enough impact to be noticed.

Parisians now have a unique opportunity to communicate with their peers in a fun and informal way, be they beginners, fair-to-middling musicians or virtuosos…

The pianos can be found at the following locations:

  • 1st arrondissement:

Le Duc des Lombards

Le sunset

Carrousel du Louvre

Forum des Halles

  • 2nd arrondissement :

Rue Tiquetonne

  • 4th arrondissement:

Centre Georges Pompidou

Hôtel Dieu

  • 5th arrondissement:

Jardin des Plantes

  • 7th arrondissement

Boulevard des Invalides

  • 9th arrondissement

Trinité d’Etienne d’Orves

Garnier Opera House

  • 11th arrondissement:

Place Léon Blum

  • 12th arrondissement:

Parc Floral

Parc de Bercy

Place de la Nation

Place du Docteur Antoine Béclère

  • 14th arrondissement:

Le petit bain


Parc Montsouris

Boulevard Brune


  • 15th arrondissement:

Rue Péclet

  • 16th arrondissement:

Jardin du Ranelagh

  • 17th arrondissement:

Square des Batignolles

Place Charles Fillion

Boulevard de Clichy

  • 18th arrondissement:

Jardin d’Eole

Boulevard de Clichy

Rue Affre

  • 19th arrondissement:

Boulevard de la Vilette

Avenue de Flandre

Place Armand Carrel

25° Est

  • 20th arrondissement:

Parc de Belleville

  • Outside of Paris :

Marché de Rungis

Les 4 temps (La Défense)

CNIT (La Défense)

The event was inaugurated this afternoon in the presence of French Minister of Culture Aurelie Filippetti. If you’re not in Paris this year, do not worry, some new pianos should be back in town in 2013.

For more information, photos, have a look at the project’s website.

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