My Los Angeles mission was not quite complete with last weekend’s concerts. The past couple of days were spent leisurely decorating a piano for the public art project Play Me I’m Yours, which New Yorkers might remember from this past summer. The idea is that a whole fleet of pianos are placed at various public junctures throughout a city, each having been decorated in some more-or-less haphazard way, and any passersby can sit down and play.
I’m not much of a representational painter so I decided to make my piano into a more ‘conceptual piece’ (I can’t believe I’m saying this) titled How to play Beethoven’s ‘Waldstein’ Sonata. The piano is covered with a litany of instructional comments suggestive of a particularly sadistic piano teacher. Most of the pianos I saw in New York were done up in a more feel-good manner (in the spirit of the overall “Play me, I’m yours” mentality) so I thought it would be funny to contribute something slightly off-putting, almost daring you to play.
Here are some photos (click to zoom in). You’ll be able to see the finished piano in person starting April 12, in front of Rhino Records in Claremont, 235 Yale Ave. no less.