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Luke Jerram’s street-piano movement is coming to Boston. We blogged previously about the artist here (his solar chandelier installation) and here (the street piano concept).

The pianos will be scattered all around Boston, and everyone is encouraged to play. The Boston website says, “Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is an arts project by artist Luke Jerram.  When the project goes live in Boston on September 27, over 1,000 street pianos will have been installed in 37 cities across the globe, bearing the simple invitation to Play Me, I’m Yours! The project has already reached more than four million people worldwide.

“As a thank you to millions of loyal patrons and to celebrate its 75th anniversary season, Celebrity Series of Boston is presenting Play Me, I’m Yours ‘the Street Pianos Boston Festival’ from September 27 – October 14, 2013.”

More here. The website also provides details of where all the pianos will be found starting Friday.

YouTube video: Dani Rosenoer of Three Days Grace punching on a street piano @ Cleveland.

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Did you like last week’s entry on stained glass windows that produce solar energy? Well, there’s more.

Kristine Lofgren writes at Inhabitat about an amazing solar chandelier.

“British artist Luke Jerram is known for his stunning art installations, which are often inspired by science. His latest project, unveiled [last year] at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, is the world’s largest solar chandelier! The 16.5-foot-tall chandelier is made of 665 glass bulbs that spin when exposed to light …

“The chandelier was created using glass radiometers rather than traditional light bulbs. As the sun hits each radiometer, it begins to turn, speeding up and slowing down as the light changes. The overall effect is a shimmering, gently moving piece of artwork. At night, it is lit up using electric light.” More.

By the way, Inhabitat also features a piece on a sculptural sound chamber that sings when the wind blows, here.

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The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, has an entrepreneurial competition they call the Eastman New Venture Challenge.

This is how it got started: “The Institute for Music Leadership (IML) received a major part of a $3.5 million grant to the University of Rochester from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support entrepreneurship education. The IML’s focus in ‘entrepreneurship in music’ is helping students learn how to turn promising ideas into enterprises that create value.”

Award winners Marissa Balonon-Rosen and Lauren Petrilli came up with the Pianos for Peace Project.

According to the Eastman website, Pianos for Peace “follows the idea that by actively involving people in music, we can make for a more peaceful community. This summer, about 10 pianos (upright and baby grand) will be placed throughout the City of Rochester (mostly outdoors) for anyone to play. They will be placed in several different neighborhoods, including those that generally do not have much access to the arts or pianos.

“Youth, local artists, and community members will work together to paint the pianos peace themed. After a couple weeks, we will create a ‘Piano Park for Peace’ by placing the pianos outdoors at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence … . There will be several events to bring the community together through music and peace — free piano lessons, yoga, lectures about nonviolence, etc. The surviving pianos will then be donated to youth-focused and nonviolence-focused organizations.”

I once read about something similar in New York City, here. The British artist Luke “Jerram got the idea at his local coin-operated laundry, according to a website about the project. He saw the same people there every weekend, but none of them talked to each other. He thought a piano might help bring people together in places like that.”

The Pianos for Peace Project seems to be building on that idea. Read more about Marissa Balonon-Rosen and Lauren Petrilli, here.

Photo: Suzanne’s Mom
Until Eastman posts pictures of the Pianos for Peace, this one in a public space will have to do. Who can tell me where it is?


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