On the streets of Paris, there’s a new addition to the urban environment: pianos, free to use for professionals and amateurs alike.
The project ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ was created by British artist Luke Jerram. Across the Channel, Eric Pacheco has brought the concept to Paris.
“The idea is to make the instrument accessible, unique, personalised and available for use by the many thousands of piano lovers who don’t necessarily have instruments at home, or are not used to playing in public. It also helps to bring the community together,” said Pacheco, the event’s organiser.
French pianist Steve Villa Massone believes there’s no better place than the street for music to be played and enjoyed.
“Music is happiness, pleasure, love. For me, the best place to feel that, to know that feeling, is the street,” said Massone.
“Because there are no restrictions, you don’t have to justify yourself to anyone, so you can really play with feeling and enjoy yourself.”
The exhibition has attracted tourists from across the globe who come for the novelty and the joy that a simple instrument in such an unusual environment can bring.
One German tourist thrilled with the idea said: “I think it’s a perfect idea to attract people, to make them familiar with music, all types of music, people who like to play music, to get them together.”
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