Bonanza for piano players in Brisbane streets
Play, Eat and Experience as global art-install phenomenon Play Me, I’m Yours is set to land at Brisbane’s premier riverside dining, Eagle Street Pier, with a helping hand from a local artist.
Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours has reached millions of people worldwide. More than 1,900 street pianos have been installed in more than 60 cities across the globe, from Tokyo to New York, bearing the simple instruction - Play Me, I’m Yours. Now, this concept lands in Brisbane at Eagle Street Pier from 5th July in partnership with the Queensland Music Festival.
Play Me, I’m Yours invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment, and to share their love of music and the visual arts. Creating a completely custom piano for Brisbane’s riverside dining precinct is local Queensland artist Karri McPherson.
Hong Kong-born, Karri migrated to Australia as a child. As a contemporary painter and muralist based in Queensland, Karri’s work explores geometric art in relation to various spatial confinements. These large-scale paintings celebrate the power of geometric art by infusing Australian communities with shape, form and colour.
In addition to Eagle Street Pier, pianos are set to pop up in other unique locations across Brisbane, from Mount Coot-tha lookout to Shorncliffe pier. Brisbane locals are invited to embark on a musical treasure hunt of the city and share their experiences using the hashtag #PMIYBNE. Visit the Queensland Music Festival website to download the #PMIYBNE Map at qmf.org.au.
Play Me, I’m Yours was first commissioned in Birmingham, UK in 2008. With 15 pianos located across the city for three weeks it is estimated that over 140,000 people played or listened to music from the pianos. Since then more than 1,900 street pianos have been placed in 60 cities, which have been played and listened to by more than 10 million people worldwide. Each new city that commissions the artwork becomes part of this growing international legacy.
Play Me I’m Yours will be at Eagle Street Pier for the duration of Queensland Music Festival, 5th - 28th July. For full details visit: eaglestreetpier.com.au.