These 60 artists will design Boston’s Street Pianos this fall

The instruments hit local public spaces on September 23.

Claudia Ravaschiere starts her piano design.
Claudia Ravaschiere starts her piano design. –Robert Torres/Celebrity Series of Boston

The Celebrity Series of Boston will unleash 60 pianos upon the city of Boston come September 23. The organization first launched Street Pianos in 2013, combining public music with local art, by selecting artists from all over Boston to paint unique designs on the instruments. Now, the organizers of Street Pianos have selected 60 artists to bring life and color to the new set of pianos this fall.

According to a release, 19 of the 60 artists are returning from 2013, and not all are painters—some plan to bring elements of sculpture, quilting, woodblock printing, and even robotics. The pianos are being crafted at the Innovation and Design Building in Boston, with an expected completion date of August 26. The design is completely up to the interpretation of each artist, with the only constant being that they will all say, “Play Me, I’m Yours.”

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The pianos will hit the public spaces of Boston neighborhoods from September 23 to August 10. British artist Luke Jerram, the creator of the Street Pianos concept, will be in Boston from September 20 to 24 to help launch the installation.

Clara Wainwright decorates her instrument.
Clara Wainwright decorates her instrument. —Robert Torres/Celebrity Series of Boston

Here are the artists whose work will grace the pianos:

Allston
Sarah Iwany
Christine Winship

Brighton
Emily Cobb

Dorchester
Howie Green
Joe Kitsch
John Provenzano
Walter Sickert

Downtown Crossing
Jeff Monahan

East Boston
Phil Hoa

Fenway
Aaron Beeler

Fort Point Channel
Claudia Ravaschiere

Hyde Park
Sara Gately

Jamaica Plain
Sarah Begin
Dylan Hurwitz

Mattapan
Ayana Mack
Marjorie Saintil-Belizaire

Mission Hill
Brendan Whipple

Roslindale
Michael Crockett
Charles Sumner Elementary School

Roxbury
Mark Willis

South Boston
Pat Falco

South End
Hurley K-8 School
Joshua Wilmot
Macarena Valdes
Sorin Bica
Fernando DeOliveira

Emily Cobb begins painting.
Emily Cobb begins painting. —Robert Torres/Celebrity Series of Boston

Other Towns:

Arlington
Amanda Baldi
William Turville

Ashland
Connie Kolman

Braintree
Leigh Champagne

Brookline
Rosa Jiyoon Hyun
Olivia J. Kiers

Cambridge, MA
Emily Evans
Sky Schulte
Clara Wainwright

Everett
Karyn Alzayer
Victoria Valente

Medfield
Cindy Prevett

Medford
Lou Lim
Catherine Maldonado
Chelsea Rathbun

Newton
Tova Speter
Paul Theriault

Quincy
Cedric Douglas
Julie Roth

Somerville
Ben Kauffman
Jason Chase
Liz LaManche
Lois Blood Bennett

Swampscott
Jenni Dinger

Waltham
BReddy

Watertown
Dawn Evans Scaltreto
Olivia Natale
Ryan Edwards
Ruth K. Henry

Wilmington
Cassandra Hurley

Bellows Falls, VT
Zoey Staley

Melrose
Rob Obvious

Needham
Eddie Bruckner

Westminster, VT
Jeanette Staley

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