Play Me, I'm Yours!
To celebrate their 75th anniversary, our friends at the Celebrity Series of Boston have teamed up with renowned artist Luke Jerram to bring his "Play Me, I'm Yours!" public piano installation project to Boston. From September 27 through October 14, they'll be installing 75 playable pianos in public locations throughout Boston/Brookline/Cambridge/Somerville for absolutely anyone to go and play at absolutely any time.
That means get ready for lots and lots of pretty music floating through autumn air (plus, inevitably, a few people playing "Chopsticks," because that's pretty much unavoidable).
These aren't just any ol' public pianos, of course. Each one has been customized and decorated by a local artist or arts organization, with free range to do whatever they'd like to add some (or lots of) color to the project. It's a way of bringing some attention to the wonderful diversity of the arts in the Boston community.
Our talented paint shop dressed up one of the pianos with a little bit of jungle flare, to help spread the word about The Jungle Book. Here's what Charge Scenic Artist Kristin Krause had to say about the project:
"We were so eager to paint the beautiful Jungle Book set designed by Daniel Ostling, but the Goodman Theatre's paint shop got to have all the fun. So when we had the opportunity to paint a piano in a Jungle Book theme for all of Boston to enjoy, we jumped at the chance! We really wanted this piano to represent all of the scenery onstage, and our fabulous Jungle Book t-shirts. We usually work on flat surfaces that we lay on the ground, so painting an image on something that has so many turns and corners was a bit of a challenge, but I feel we were able to rise to the occasion. We had a good time doing it, that's for sure!"
Take a look behind-the-scenes at their painting process, and when you see those keys on the street this fall, make sure you give 'em a little twinkle (and don't worry, you don't have to play songs from the show. Not unless you want to, of course).