Commissioned by The Wende Museum for the L.A. Chamber Orchestra’s Play Me, I’m Yours project, Evan Skrederstu of UGLAR painted a stand-up grand piano originally made by the Shaw Piano Company.
L.A.-based Skrederstu made the piano come alive by adding anatomical elements to the original paneling on the nearly century-old piano: deep blue eyes, a brain that hosts more than a few memories and moths, as well as an anatomically correct heart that sports a network of blue and red veins. The piano will be placed in front of the Berlin Wall segments on 5900 Wilshire (The Variety Building), L.A., CA 90036, across from the L.A. County Museum of Art.
The Wende Museum’s original Berlin Wall segments, on permanent display at The Variety Building, have been selected as one of thirty sites across the Southland for the city-wide installation project, Play Me, I’m Yours, organized in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the British artist Luke Jerram.
LACO and The Wende encourage performers of all kinds to take advantage of the instruments and stage their own impromptu performances. Pianos are on display and accessible for the public to play 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.