It would be a cool but expensive April Fools prank, but no it’s better than that! It’s a public art installation!
On April 12 pianos showed up all over Los Angeles, at L.A. Live, UCLA, USC, the Santa Monica Pier, Union Station, and here right across the street from our Office on Hollywood Boulevard at the Egyptian Theatre as part of an art installation called “Play me, I’m yours!” originally started by artist Luke Jerram.
The pianos are completely open to the public to play; they were put there through the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with the whole purpose of letting people play music together spontaneously! How sweet! Check out these videos of peeps playing our piano at the Egyptian along with local bands, very funny! (You can post your pic or video of it straight to the street piano site if you feel like it.)
Each piano has a unique art design to match where its been placed (colorful skylines, dragons, eyeballs all painted on the eclectic instruments!) The pianos were donated mostly by the Hollywood Piano Company. When the ‘exhibit’ ends, the pianos will find permanent homes with schools and community groups like the Braille Institute and Homeboy Industries so they can continue to add music to peoples lives.
If you’re planning a Los Angeles vacation or are going sightseeing anytime soon in Hollywood, Los Angeles, or Santa Monica come by the LA City Tours office and we’ll get you started with a tour! And don’t forget to tickle the keys on the piano across the street!