31 pianos : 30 in London & 1 in Allendale

“Play Me I’m Yours” – street pianos

Touring the globe since March 2008, Luke Jerram’s artwork ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ is a public art installation where pianos are located in public spaces, squares, train stations, bus stops, even on ferries, and pianos are set to be placed all around London for anyone to play or decorate.

Luke’s project –  backed by Boris Johnson (mayor of London) and by the National Lottery – 30 pianos are to be plonked around the capital to encourage people to gather for a singsong with strangers. And yes, that 1 other piano is located in my village in Northumberland!

Inspired by Luke’s lively work the Pebbles team phoned Boris Johnsons office and Luke to ask if Allendale could take part, connecting communities, and they agreed it would make a wonderful project. The Pebbles team have placed a ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ Piano outside Pebbles Gallery in Allendale’s main street and from the 4th July you are invited to play whenever you like, while a number of free summer events take place. Artists are invited to help decorate the piano and sign it so after the event is over the piano will be kindly auctioned by the Allendale Lions to raise funds for the new Allendale Art & Media Centre that the community are developing.

Isn’t this a great village to live in?! It’s utterly amazing what Pebbles brings to this community. I’m very blessed to live in such an active & artistic village.

And as the Baha’i Writings (p. 410, Lights of Guidance) say:

“…The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power of music the spirit of man is uplifted. We have made music a ladder by which souls may ascend to the realm on high.”

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