Sky Murie piano"Yellow Sun" by Sky Murie of Arlington.

At the bright yellow "Play Me, I'm Yours" street piano -- designed by Arlington resident Skye Murie -- at Jill Brown-Rhone Memorial Park in Cambridge 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, yje public joined in sessions of Celtic music.

Musicians and spectators alike came to Mass. Ave. at Main and Columbia streets. "Bring fiddles, pipes, guitars and drums," wrote Arlington resident Susan Murie. "Bring a pianist!"

As dozens of artists paint pianos, public spaces around region, one keyboard honors a boy who lost his life this summer.

Another has been fashioned by an Arlington resident.

Lou Lim of Medford is dedicating his piano to Grant Brown, a 6-year-old from Somerville who died in a swimming accident. Grant attended the New Covenant School in Arlington.

Lim, close family friends with the Browns, is designing a piano based on what Grant loved, including superhero toys and Legos.

Lim, a trained expressive therapist, uses the arts to help people. He says he draws his inspiration from his Christian faith.

Pianos as public art

This piano is among 75 that will be part of "Play Me, I’m Yours" -- an art installation that Luke Jerram installed in 37 cities worldwide.

 

So is another, by Murie, a Hampshire College student. The pianos are installed at their sites to Oct. 14 and available for anyone to play at street corners, parks and other venues in the Boston area.

Murie, a 2012 Arlington High School graduate, is an illustration and theater major in her second year at Hampshire. Her piano, "Yellow Sun," will be placed in Central Square, Cambridge, at the Jill Brown-Rhone Memorial Park, Mass. Ave. at Main and Columbia streets, across from the firehouse. The piano will be near central planters in that space.

Artists painted and transformed donated piano and spent weeks working at a warehouse/studio in the Seaport area in Boston. A wide range of local artists and community-based organizations have decorated the pianos, and the Celebrity Series has scheduled several solo or ensemble performances.

 

Exhibit homors Celebrity Series

The participatory exhibit honors the Celebrity Series of Boston’s 75th anniversary.

The 75 pianos throughout the Boston and Cambridge area bear the simple instruction, "Play Me, I’m Yours." They are for any member of the public to play and enjoy.

Dozens of local partner organizations such as the City of Boston, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Arts Academy, Harvard Office of the Arts and the Prudential Center will host pianos for the public to enjoy. A wide range of local artists and community-based organizations will decorate the pianos, and the Celebrity Series will schedule several solo or ensemble performances.

Reaching more than two million people worldwide, more than 700 pianos have now been installed in cities across the globe, from New York to Sydney.

Opportunities remain to donate, host, play or keep a festival piano. To learn more, visit celebrityseries.org or streetpianosboston.com.

The 75th Season Kickoff Party to celebrate Street Pianos Boston takes place Saturday, Oct, 5, at the Galleria at 10 St. James Ave., with an evening of food, drinks, and celebration, in partnership with Opus Affair and sponsored by Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.

Sponsoring the pianos' installation are Jann E. Leeming and Arthur D. Little and Eleanor and Frank Pao.

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This story was published Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, and updated Sept. 30.