​A Melburnian plays a piano decorated by
participants in St Paul's Cathedral's English
Conversation classes as part of the "Play Me,
I'm Yours" public art exhibition.
 

St Paul’s Cathedral is playing its part in a public artwork designed to encourage Melburnians and visitors to explore the joy of pianos in their daily life.

Eight participants in the Cathedral’s twice-weekly English Conversation classes have decorated one of 25 pianos to be installed in public locations around the Arts Centre, the CBD and selected suburbs as part of Play Me, I’m Yours, an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram, presented by Arts Centre Melbourne.

To date, more than 1000 pianos have been installed in 37 cities across the globe, from New York to Sao Paulo, bearing the simple instruction “Play Me, I’m Yours”.

Now, from 9-27 January, it’s Melbourne’s turn.

Participants in St Paul’s English Conversation classes – who come from Asia, South America and Europe – wanted to explore the idea of hope in hardship, as this was their experience of being people of a non-English-speaking background in Australia. The piano has been decorated to appear as a brick wall with vegetation breaking through it.  It will be displayed on the Cathedral Perron (the elevated area around the main door of St Paul’s, facing Flinders Street), as part of Play Me, I’m Yours.

Play Me, I’m Yours is the first in a new series of four major Arts Centre Melbourne community participation projects supported by the generosity of Miss Betty Amsden, OAM. At its completion, the pianos will be donated to the community, cultural and educational groups that were part of the project.

For more information, visit: www.streetpianos.com.au and www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/pianos

Media contacts: Ms Meg Nelson, 9653 4305, and the Revd Christos Kastaniotis, 9653 4314, at St Paul’s Cathedral
Mark Brolly on 9653 4218 or 0419 329 119 at Anglican Media Melbourne

 

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