This is like music to our ears — 25 pianos dotting the streets of Singapore, all free for public use. Besides the usual cacophony of honking cars, chirping birds and incessant chatter, now we can look forward to the sweet sounds of maestros playing their best Beethoven symphony. Or, um, kids and amateurs assaulting the keys with wild abandon. It could go either way, really.
But the ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ movement has good intentions. Part of a travelling artwork by Brit artist Luke Jerram, the Singapore edition is a collab between 25 artists and 25 social enterprises and social welfare organisations.
The end result? 25 donated pianos, now newly-refurbished and decorated with splashes of colour in varying designs. From Mar 14 to Apr 6, these babies will be sprinkled throughout public spaces, from parks and void decks to commercial institutions and malls.
Everyone is welcome to a seat at the pianos — you can practise your latest homework from music class or play by ear your new favourite indie tune. Even if music isn’t one of your talents, they’ve got community events and performances going on at malls and parks. More information available on the official website.