Sunday, August 09, 2009


It has long been the norm to decoratively paint inanimate forms, such as dogs or cows, etc. and place them around our towns to attract attention to the arts and to our local shops.

It was taken a step further in June of this year when a London artist thought up the idea of using pianos. Thirty pianos were colorfully decorated and each bore the words...”Play me, I’m yours”. They were placed around the city of London and the public was encouraged to play and sing along.

Each piano was painted to correspond with the area where they were located ... from the theatrical area to the financial. Even the rain was not a deterrent. Each piano had a laminated song book and a large transparent tarp available in case of a change in the weather.

Piano players of all ages were encouraged to participate and even those who could do no more than plunk out a note or two were welcomed. I wish I could have seen it in person. I can just imagine a group of stuffy Britishers ensconced in conversations about politics or finances coming across an impromptu song fest. It would be fun to see the effect that this might have on their day.

Who knew that Londoners could have so much fun?


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

What a fun variation on a theme!

1:25 PM  
Blogger KGMom said...

Interesting--our daughter who lives in London, didn't mention this at all!

3:24 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

I can't believe none of the English bloggers mentioned it!! I would love to have seen that.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

That's a great idea. Innovative Brits for sure.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

You know.. if we all could just harness the child or the creative person inside of us once a day I think we would all have happier times!
This is a wonderful idea Ginnie..not genius, just very smart. It is fun to see the way people react when they have a play :)

2:16 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I hope this idea finds its way into some Canadian cities. It would be so much nicer than the Muzak that is broadcast (inflicted on us) in malls and other public places.

5:52 AM  
Blogger Scott W said...

I love this! What fun!!!

6:29 AM  

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