A fleet of 15 pianos have been placed around Canary Wharf as part of a project conjured up in a launderette.
The instruments are available for anyone to play - but will also be used for a series of professional performances - as part of the international Play Me, I’m Yours project, created by artist Luke Jerram.
Luke said: “The idea for Play Me, I’m Yours came from visiting my local launderette. I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another.
“I suddenly realised that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence. Placing a piano into the space was my solution to this problem, acting as a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of a space.”
Each piano has been decorated to reflect the nature of Canary Wharf , with some of the artists based locally and some from further afield.
Talking about her involvement in the project, artist Ana Ospina said: “As an artist, I’m only too happy to get involved in any initiative which injects more creativity into our everyday lives. This installation does that in two ways: by providing a versatile musical instrument for the public to play and also through the artwork on and around the pianos themselves.”
You can also submit pictures and videos of the pianos being used with the chance to win prizes. The three pictures or videos uploaded with the hashtag #CWstreetpianos with the most views at the end of the installation will win, with prizes including cinema tickets at Everyman Canary Wharf.