Play Me I'm Yours
Berri Barmera Council and Riverland Special School, together with local artist Kat Bell have been working tirelessly to add the final touches to our Regions’ inaugural ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ piano.
Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork installation series created by British artist Luke Jerram. Reaching millions of people worldwide, more than 2000 street pianos have been installed by Luke and his team in over 65 cities across the globe, from Tokyo to New York and as far as Melbourne, bearing the simple instruction to ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’.
Located on streets, in public parks, markets and train stations the pianos are available for everyone to play and enjoy. Play Me, I’m Yours invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment, and to share their love of music and the visual arts. Decorated by local artists and community groups, the street pianos create a place for exchange and an opportunity for people to connect.
Artist Kat Bell explained her involvement in the local project “The design is inspired by the beauty of our river, native wildlife and the joy and peace felt when spending time just taking it all in. The kids were great helpers. They got stuck in, worked quickly and did a great job painting lovely bright colours to bring the design to life. I can't wait to do more with them. They were such a joy to work with”.
On completion, the recycled piano will be lovingly placed in the District where anybody can come, sit down and have a tinkle on the ivories.
Some of the comments from students from Riverland Special School involved in the project have been:
“I liked the yellow!”
“It was cool”
“We liked the colours!”
“It was fun!”
“We want to play the piano!”
Conny Wilson, Councils Manager Environment, Economic and Regulatory Services is delighted with the ‘recycle-come-art’ initiative, “As we make the transition from a linear to a more circular economy, education is a key contributor to our success. Similarly, the Arts have an important role to play in our lives, and our local students have demonstrated initiative and creativity by repurposing this piano”.
Kat will be working with local community groups to complete three more pianos that have been donated to date. Council is seeking donations of a further four pianos and eight piano stools so that there can be one in each of Councils towns providing a fantastic “Play Me I’m Yours’ piano trail throughout the Berri Barmera district. If you have a piano in good working condition, and, would like to see it included in the ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ initiative, please contact Cathy at Council on 8582 1922.