When I travel around the city I enjoy coming across interesting things, whilst Tuning a Piano in Herne Hill, I came across a Street Piano at the Herne Hill Station.
I got interested in the concept, finding out there are lots of Pianos still across the city.
Originally Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, which has been touring internationally since 2008. More than 1500 pianos have now been installed in over 50 cities across the globe, from New York to London bearing the simple invitation Play Me, I’m Yours.
In 2012 the City of London Festival celebrated its golden anniversary on a grand scale, presenting Play Me, I’m Yours with 50 golden street pianos spread across London landmarks and beauty spots.
In cities like London, hundreds of perfectly good, working, second-hand pianos get thrown away each year. Luke Jerram transports dozens of these pianos annually, to countries where the instrument is rare and more valued, for the public to enjoy.
Most of these pianos were donated to good causes at the end of the presentation, but some of them are still available to play including three at St Pancras International Station, two at Canary Wharf and one at Herne Hill Railway Station.
The piano I came across is located in the underpass next to Herne Hill Railway Station just off Railton Road. It is currently being looked after by local residents. The piano is locked at night so is only playable during the daytime.