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May 23, 2017. - Jun 4, 2017.

Play Me, I'm Yours

A Public Piano Art Project by Luke Jerram

Shown above is likely the world's most-viewed video of the magic of a street piano. There are multiple versions of this performance by Henri John Pierre Herbert online, but two alone have been viewed more than 25 million times.
 

PUBLIC PIANOS CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

• Chrysler Museum of Art
One Memorial Place
• Chrysler Museum of Art Perry Glass Studio
745 Duke St.
• Glass Wheel Studio
128 West Olney Rd.
• Governor's School for the Arts
254 Granby St.
• Hilton Norfolk, THE MAIN
100 E. Main St.
• MacArthur Mall
300 Monticello Ave.
• MacArthur Square
Bank Street & E. Plume Street
• Moses Myers House
323 East Freemason St.
• Naro Expanded Cinema
1507 Colley Ave.
• Slover Library
235 East Plume St.
• TWP - The Youth Movement
700 E Olney Rd.
• Toast
2406 Colonial Ave.
• Virginia Arts Festival
440 Bank St.

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That's Luke Jerram shown above with a Play Me I'm Yours piano at the Chrysler's Perry Glass Studio. You can click the image to enlarge. For photos of pianos all around town, visit www.streetpianosnorfolk.com.

One of the more intriguing artists working in the world today will bring one of his most popular projects to Norfolk thanks to a cooperative effort between the Chrysler and the Virginia Arts Festival.

Luke Jerram is not an artist who fits easily into one box. A married father of two from Bristol, England, he's worked in sound, light, metal, glass—and pure whimsy—for years. His website describes his work as a multidisciplinary arts practice that involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live artworks.

As a glass artist, he's probably best known for his microbiology series, where he crafted beautiful representations of viruses. As a sound artist, he's turned balloons into sky orchestras and has made public sculptures that sing in the wind. His kinetic chandeliers combine sculpture, light, and movement, and the Chrysler is pleased to have one on permanent display.

Back in 2008, struck by how public music could create a noticeable impact on routine, day-to-day urban environments, he launched the public art project Play Me, I'm Yours. The street piano project has since swept the world—more than 1,500 pianos in more than 50 cities reaching an estimated 10 million people.

The decorated pianos with the instruction to "Play Me, I'm Yours" have generated an entire genre on YouTube, and given thousands of players of all skill levels a chance to shine.

You'll be able to share your experiences on www.streetpianosnorfolk.com.

This public arts project runs May 23–June 4. For more, here's a story on the project from WVEC and here's one from WAVY's hrScene.

The Play Me, I'm Yours piano in the Chrysler's Darden Gallery. The lead artist on the project, Jonathan Markham, was inspired by the work of Louise Nevelson. The bust is Elvis Presley.

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