Play, Eat and Experience as global art-install phenomenon PLAY ME, I’M YOURS is set to land at Brisbane’s premier riverside dining, Eagle Street Pier, with a helping hand from local artist.
Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours has reached millions of people worldwide. More than 1,900 street pianos have been installed in over 60 cities across the globe, from Tokyo to New York, bearing the simple instruction - Play Me, I’m Yours. Now, this exciting concept lands in Brisbane at Eagle Street Pier from 5th July in an exciting partnership with the Queensland Music Festival.
Play Me, I’m Yours invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment, and to share their love of music and the visual arts. Creating a completely custom piano for Brisbane’s premier riverside dining precinct is local Queensland artist Karri McPherson.
Hong Kong-born, Karri migrated to Australia as a young child. As a contemporary painter and muralist based in Queensland, Karri’s work explores geometric art in relation to various spatial confinements. These large-scale paintings celebrate the power of geometric art by infusing Australian communities with the timeless beauty of shape, form and colour.
In addition to Eagle Street Pier, pianos are set to pop up in other unique locations across Brisbane, from the scenic views of the Mount Coot-tha lookout, to the sandy shores of Shorncliffe pier. Brisbane locals are invited to embark on a musical treasure hunt of the city and share their experiences using the hashtag #PMIYBNE. Visit the Queensland Music Festival website to download the #PMIYBNE Map at qmf.org.au.
Play Me, I’m Yours was first commissioned in Birmingham, UK in 2008. With 15 pianos located across the city for three weeks it is estimated that over 140,000 people played or listened to music from the pianos. Since then more than 1,900 street pianos have been placed in 60 ci ties, which have been played and listened to by more than 10 million people worldwide. Each new city that commissions the artwork becomes part of this growing international legacy.
“The idea for Play Me, I’m Yours came from visiting my local launderette” said creator Luke Jerram. “I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another. I suddenly realised that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence.
“Placing a piano into the space was my solution to this problem, acting as a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of a space. Where people have met for the first time around the pianos, the project has led to several marriages around the world.” Said Jerram.
Play Me I’m Yours will be at Eagle Street Pier for the duration of Queensland Music Festival, 5th - 28th July. For full details visit: eaglestreetpier.com.au.
This year, Queensland Music Festival celebrates 20 years of live music experiences. The 2019 programme is sure to delight and inspire music lovers from Brisbane and across the state. With an immerse and eclectic program filled with uniquely Queensland stories, there will be something to spark anyone’s curiosity. From the large outdoor opera experience to intimate and bespoke concerts, world premiere compositions, and mass community participation projects, Queensland Music Festival offers a unique festival experience like no other.
Eagle Street Pier is proud to be a partner of the Queensland Music Festival in 2019.
An iconic Brisbane waterfront precinct, Eagle Street Pier is home to world-class dining options with unrivalled views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Well known for its award-winning restaurants, casual dining spots and entertainment hotspots including Il Centro, Cha Cha Char, George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant, Pony Dining and Saké Restaurant & Bar.
More casual dining includes The Coffee Club, Guzman Y Gomez, gourmet burger restaurant Grill’d and pizzeria Fratelli Famous.
A popular entertainment hotspot, Eagle Street Pier is also home to the superb riverside bars Mr & Mrs G Riverbar, Jade Buddha & Shadow Lounge, and The Bavarian.