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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 12, 2022

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Play Me, I'm Yours: An Exciting New Art Installation

Play Me, I’m Yours: An Exciting New Art Installation
Lucy Leyshon

This July, globally-celebrated public art phenomenon Play Me, I’m Yours is coming to Brisbane as part of the 2019 Queensland Music Festival. After being established short-term in over 60 cities worldwide, the well-loved installation is set to land at Brisbane’s premier riverside dining precinct, Eagle Street Pier, with a helping hand from local artist Karri McPherson.

Play Me, I’m Yours encourages the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment, and to share their love of music and the visual arts. The concept is simple: a custom piano is set up in one of the city’s well-loved locations, and anyone is welcome to use it.

Play Me, I’m Yours was first commissioned in Birmingham in 2008, with 15 pianos located across the city for three weeks. After being received with wild popularity, the idea caught, and since then more than 1,900 street pianos have been placed in 60 cities, which have now been played and listened to by more than 10 million people worldwide.

Following Birmingham’s trend, more pianos are set to pop up in other unique locations across Brisbane, from the scenic views of the Mount Coot-tha lookout, to the sandy shores of Shorncliffe Pier. Brisbane locals are invited to embark on a musical treasure hunt of the city and share their experiences using the hashtag #PMIYBNE.

Contemporary painter and muralist Karri McPherson will be using her unique, geometric style to explore concepts of spatial confinement and the abstract use of colour in her partnership with Play Me, I’m Yours. Her unique, colourful flair will make for a truly vibrant, Australian-grown style for PMIY’s Brisbane exhibition.

Play Me, I’m Yours is the perfect opportunity for Brisbane locals to enjoy a day of Eagle Street Pier’s world-class food, drink, and views, and for people to come together through this innovative art piece.

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