What is a street piano?
Often called "street pianos" or "public pianos" these instruments are placed in public areas and encourage passersby to come and play. They have been observed all around the world, from a park in Croatia, to the streets of London, to outside the stores of Japan, to the beaches of Australia.
A janky piano in the streets of Seattle.
These pianos provide passerbys a chance to relax and take a break from a hectic pace of life. Seeking out these pianos can be difficult, because the pianos are relatively rare and their locations mostly unknown. This website, pianos.pub, attempts to catalog all locations of all known public pianos to facilitate access to anyone and everyone.
Where did the idea come from?
Public instruments have been available for hundreds of years. The idea of a street piano was popularized in the early part of this millenium. The idea started to take off in 2013 when revolutionized by organizations to promote public pianos in parks and plazas, most notably the Play Me, I'm Your's" campaign initiated by British artist Luke Jerram in 2008. Since then, the number of piano sightings has increased steadily every year, often peaking during the summer time.
How does pianos.pub work?
This website determines the location of each public piano using data from online wikis, social media, personal knowledge, and from users like you. Consider contributing public pianos by submitting them online or tagging their location on Instagram with the hashtag #streetpiano or #publicpiano.
A piano in a public park at night.
This website gives each piano has its own webpage which you can use to look up it's address, check its availability, or leave comments. In some cases the piano is available seasonly, so it is helpful to check the site to check if it's available to play before venturing to try it. In the case the piano site is not up-to-date, consider updating so others in the future can know.
Where else can I find pianos?
For the latest on events that hold public pianos, please check out www.worldpianos.org which catalogs every event around the world, past, present, and future!
Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact me.