FLORENCE, S.C. – On April 21 “Play Me, I’m Yours” will return to Florence County with dozens of pianos in public spaces for anyone to play, anytime they want.
Pianos will be located throughout Florence and Lake City, and will remain available May 7. An opening-night festival will be held April 21 in the Willcox Plaza on West Evans Street. The event will include a dueling pianist team and a “Paint a Piano” tent for young artists.
One of the events’ organizers, Reynolds Williams, said “Play Me, I’m Yours” is a unique way for people to express themselves.
“The street pianos are designed to provoke people into engaging, activating and claiming ownership of their urban landscape,” Williams said. “Like a musical equivalent of Facebook, it provides an interconnected resource for the public to express themselves, meet new friends, and build upon the community.
Florence organizers are seeking local artists to decorate pianos for 2017. Anyone interested is encouraged to send a short note of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Painting and decorating will begin in late February and continue through the first week of April. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative and People’s Choice designs.
In 2017 the event will again feature noon concerts on various instruments by local pianists. A large-scale inflatable sculpture, “The Janis Project” of artist Frank Hyder, will appear throughout Florence and Lake City.
Hyder’s works have appeared at the Carnegie Museum in California, the LaSalle Museum in Pennsylvania, the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York City, the Museo Jocobo Borges in Caracas, the Art Museum of Coro and many others throughout the world.
“Play Me, I’m Yours” is an art project by British artist Like Jerram, started in 2008. More than 1,300 pianos have been installed in 45 cities across the globe, from New York to London, reaching over six million people worldwide. Florence is the only location in the Southeast USA in which this event will take place in 2017.
Visit www.streetpianosflorence.com for more information about the project.
Founding sponsors in this community include King Cadillac Buick & GMC, the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation, and the Willcox, Buyck & Williams Foundation.
This project is made possible through funding from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance’s Quarterly Grants Program, which is funded in part by an award from Honda of South Carolina, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.