Austin “Play Me” Art Pianos + Austin Art Guitars

Colorfully painted, playable pianos have been popping up in popular public spots all around downtown Austin. Who do we have to thank for this infusion of cool in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World?

The Austin Art Alliance is sponsoring “Play Me, I’m Yours” a month long event that puts pianos in public places around Austin and encourages everyone to play.

Austin is just one stop along the way of the Street Pianos tour, which has visited 17 cities since 2008. Next stops? Geneva, London, and San Juan!

Those who have lived in Austin for a few years will remember a similar public art exhibition called Guitartown Austin, which placed huge, elaborately painted guitars in popular Austin places in 2007. The art guitar in the photo on the left (which is featured in the coffee table photobook Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait), entitled “Vibrancy” was on exibit in front of the State theater back then and is still on display today on Congress Ave.

While Guitartown Austin was really cool, the “Play Me I’m Yours” tour brings more people together, as impromptu concerts have become the norm in places all around the world.

Lou Neff Point Street piano with a foster dog from Austin Pets Alive!

For the next month at 14 locations around downtown Austin, don’t be suprised if you hear live music from a street piano. The art project runs only from April 1st – May 1st 2011 so if you want to be a part of this movement, you need to act soon.

The photos in this blog post are courtesy of the photographer of the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait. To see more Austin Street piano photos, go to his blog at

Also, to keep up to date with both The Art Alliance Austin and the Street Pianos movement, follow them on Twitter at @ArtAllianceATX and @streetpianos.