Street Pianos

Play me, I’m yours.

By disrupting peoples’ negotiation of their city, Street Pianos provoke people into engaging, activating and claiming ownership of their urban landscape.
Submitted by; Harry Verwayen, Europeana

Since 2008 pianos have been popping up in streets all over the world.  Originally designed as an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram pianos are recycled and relocated ready to be played by whoever is passing by. The project aimed at improving interaction between people in public places, using old piano’s that would otherwise have been destroyed.

Like a musical equivalent of Facebook, the street piano initiative provides an interconnected resource for the public to express themselves. The street pianos have enticed many hidden musicians out of the woodwork.  Inspires commuters, children and young people not normally exposed to the experience of live musicians. Led to romance and marriage.  And more recently are connecting travellers passing through airports and train stations.  

With such a reach it’s easy to imagine that this initiative would have a demonstrable impact on society.  It has been suggested that these have had a very positive effect on how people experience otherwise grim environments such as an increase in the feeling of safety and an a reduction in the perception of crime.  Using old pianos, the investment is very low, while the returns are incredibly high.


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