David L Ryan/Globe Staff/File
The neighborhoods of Boston — and some select parts of Cambridge — will come alive next month with the sound of piano keys being tapped by everyone from professional musicians to novices.
Beginning in September, 60 pianos, all hand-painted or decorated by a mix of local artists and members of community organizations, will be placed around the city so passersby can sit down and tickle the ivories for anyone willing to stop and listen.
The project, called Street Pianos Boston, is part of international artist Luke Jerram’s public art installation, “Play Me, I’m Yours,” which has been touring the world since 2008 and first found its way to the area three years ago. The outdoor performance piece, which is open to anyone to enjoy, is hosted by the Celebrity Series of Boston.
The pianos are now at the Innovation and Design Building, where artists until the end of August will give them unique and eye-grabbing designs.
The Celebrity Series of Boston plans to start rolling the pianos outdoors by Sept. 23, wedging them into discreet pockets of city neighborhoods as well as places with high foot traffic and visibility. They’ll stay out until Oct. 10.
According to organizers, 19 of the artists sprucing up the pianos participated in the project when it first came to Boston in 2013. The other 41 artists picked are new to the musical experiment. Designs will range from paintings to newsclipping collages to sculptures and robotics, they said.
“We are incredibly pleased with the response to our call for artists for Street Pianos Boston. There has been great enthusiasm about being a part of the installation and sharing a vision for these pianos with the entire city,” Gary Dunning, Celebrity Series president and executive director, said in a statement. “The process has resulted in a strong, diverse group of artists and we can’t wait to see what they create.”
Piano locations will be announced in early September — but organizers have said they will occupy space in “every neighborhood”.
Lost and alone, Deb made a decision to reclaim the only home she’d ever had, whatever the risk.Continue reading »
If the public decides you should not be held accountable for what you did as a drunken 17-year-old, some wondered, what message does that send today’s 17-year-olds?Continue reading »
The gas lines that wend through the state, beneath city streets, and into people’s homes are overseen by a patchwork of bureaucracies and a regulatory system that largely trusts utility companies to police themselves.Continue reading »
A man later called police and said he had “accidently left the child” in a shopping cart after a trip to the store.Continue reading »
The civil commitment release procedure for sex offenders has been under scrutiny since two psychologists concluded that convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman, 70, was no longer sexually dangerous and could be set free.Continue reading »
The bizarre case of a Red Sox division title banner that went missing came to an end Wednesday when a Malden man who says he found it in Somerville brought it to Fenway Park.Continue reading »
In Boston, a high temperature Saturday was 73 degrees at 2 a.m., and gradually dropped to a 68 degrees by 3:59 p.m., the National Weather Service said.Continue reading »
Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor can no longer let customers request meat from lobsters sedated with marijuana.Continue reading »
The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he later died, according to Boston Police.Continue reading »