You may have noticed more than 20 colourfully painted pianos popping up in the most unexpected places around Melbourne lately. Play Me, I’m Yours is a major public art project by British artist Luke Jerram inviting anybody to jump on a piano stool, tickle the ivories and belt out a tune. The pianos were in Melbourne for three weeks in 2014, and proved popular with all kinds of pianists, from young children to professional musicians and late-night party-goers.
They proved so popular that Arts Centre Melbourne, as part of the Betty Amsden Participation Program project, is bringing Play Me, I'm Yours back again, this time with even more pre-loved pianos restored to playable condition and decorated by community groups and artists. When the season is over, the pianos will be donated back to those community groups. The project has been touring since 2008, across 55 cities around the world, with pianos installed from public parks to ferries.
Obviously the pianos are for everybody, but if you happen to be a killer muso and are looking to impress a date, why not learn where the nearest piano is and take that special someone on a random stroll in that direction?
Head to Street Pianos to find a piano near you – there will be several around Arts Centre Melbourne and the CBD, and others in Melbourne suburbs. Play Me, I'm Yours runs until February 4.