The Play Me, I’m Yours installation concluded last week, and as I work to wrap up the final details of the project, I can’t help but reflect on my experience as the project coordinator.
For those of you reading this who have never worked in public art, I can sum it up for you in one word: unpredictable.
Play Me, I’m Yours was a highly unpredictable project in two distinct ways: First, and perhaps more obviously, when working with the public, anything can happen. A few pianos were graffiti’d and vandalized, I fielded a handful of noise complaints, and one piano was even stolen. There was even one day when an act of God entered the equation: it nearly rained and the pianos had not been outfitted with protective covers.