Monday, September 6, 2010

Stop, Engage, and Listen to the Pianos in San Jose CA

 Santana Row

Sometimes I go on the darnest adventures.  Today is one of those adventures.  And, a great way to start September trips. It was like a scavenger hunt – searching for pianos today. 

Pianos? Yes, street pianos.  I found 4 out of 20 pianos today in San Jose.  A great idea to bring communities together.  

<-- Santana Row (Yes, those are antlers on top of the piano)

Play Me, I'm Yours has arrived in San Jose, CA.  People will find 20 street pianos scattered throughout public parks, streets, and squares to enjoy for themselves.  These pianos are part of San Jose's 2010 SJ Biennial.  These pianos will be here through September 22.

In front of San Jose Center for the Performing Arts  -->

There is a website (link is at the bottom of post) set up documenting each piano's journey – the website will connect the pianos and their communities across the city. After the project, the pianos will be donated to local schools and community groups.

 Circle of the Palms (between Fairmont Hotel & San Jose Museum of Art

                                                                                                                                                                                    Luke Jerram, British artist, is behind this project.  The pianos have arrived in several different international cities since 2008.  Belfast, New York City, London, Bath, Barcelona, Sydney, Sao Paulo ...... and now these cities: New Pecs (Hungary),  Cincinnati, and San Jose are a part of this venture. 

Luke's vision: "I  suddenly realised that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence. I hoped that by placing a piano into the space acts as a catalyst for conversation."


 HP Pavilon (locals call the Sharks Tank)

More information is at the Play Me I'm Yours website. Oh and go ahead, post your own story playing the piano with a group of friends with a picture at the website.  Become a part of the fascinating journey of these pianos. 

I found 4 of the pianos - will anyone like to share other ones as a part of our collection?  Now, I need to find someone that knows how to play to hang out with!

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