From Wednesday 14 until Tuesday 27 June 2017, pianos will start to appear on the streets of Greater Geneva and Nyon. There will be a total of 53 spread across these locations, 7 in Nyon, 15 in central Geneva, and more on the remainder of the left and right banks as well as 2 in Perly-Certoux and 1 in Plan-les-Ouates.
In addition, there will be four moving pianos, which will appear on the roof of UNI-Dufour (Friday 16 June 18h30), Etang du Bois des Mouilles, Bernex (Sunday 18 June 15h), Cimetière des Rois (Wednesday 21 June at 12h30) and Pont de la Machine (Thursday 22 June 12h30). Click here for a full list of locations.
The pianos are part of an outdoor artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Touring internationally since 2008, he has overseen the installation of more than 1,700 pianos in over 55 cities around the world. The artwork entitled Play Me, I’m Yours (Jouez, je suis à vous), puts pianos at the disposal of the public in parks, streets and squares. The project, which has reached more than 10 million people globally, has a website where residents and visitors can locate the instruments and post their musical encounters.
For piano lovers with fingers that like to travel, there is also a global map of piano locations.
Here is a video of one of the pianos in action on the streets of the city of Calvin.
It is hard to know who might turn up and bang out a tune. Four years ago in Paris, Jamie Cullum made an appearance – video below:
Talent can be found in surprising places. The same year, a homeless man on the streets of Santiago, Chile found a piano and started playing – video below:
The Geneva exhibition starts on 14 June and runs until 27 June 2017.