On April 21, the annual art and music installation, "Play Me, I'm Yours," will return and remain until May 7, 2017. Pianos will be personalized and decorated by local artists and located throughout Florence and Lake City for the public to play and enjoy. Florence is the only location in the Southeast where this event will take place. An opening night festival will be held April 21 in the Willcox Plaza on West Evans Street. The event will include a dueling pianist team and a "Paint a Piano" tent for young artists.
The event will feature noon concerts on various instruments by local pianists. A large-scale inflatable sculpture, The Janis Project of artist Frank Hyder, will appear throughout Florence and Lake City as well. Hyder's works have appeared at the Carnegie Museum in California, LaSalle Museum in Pennsylvania, the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York City, Museo Jocobo Borges in Caracas, Venezuela, the Art Museum of Coro in Venezuela and many other museums throughout the world.
Touring internationally since 2008, "Play Me, I'm Yours" is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Reaching over 6 million people worldwide in 45 cities across the globe, more than 1,300 pianos have already been installed bearing the simple instruction, "Play me, I'm yours."
Visit the event website for more information about the project.
If you are a Florence-area artist and are interested in painting a piano, send a short indication of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Painting and decorating will begin in late February and continue through the first week of April. Prizes will be awarded for "Most Creative" and "People's Choice."