Sing for Hope's Pop-Up Pianos bring live art to The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island with the installation of 88 pianos, representing each of the 88 keys, placed at parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs. For the two-week duration of the project, the pianos feature formal and impromptu concerts by amateurs and professionals alike, in an open festival of music involving all elements of New York’s culturally diverse population.All profits raised from the sale of these pianos will go to Sing for Hope's Art U! youth outreach program. Get your cash ready soon, as the auction closes on Thursday, July 14 at 5pm.
Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos celebrate our vision: that all New Yorkers — from Times Square to Coney Island, Lincoln Center to Arthur Avenue — have access to the arts. Each one of the 88 pianos on New York City streets has been painted by a Sing for Hope Volunteer Artist who shares our mission of bringing the arts to all. These professional visual artists volunteered hundreds of hours in our piano warehouse to bring their Pop-Up Pianos to life!
This project combines the participation of dozens of community organizations, the creativity and passion of hundreds of professional artists and public school students, and the spirit of a one-of-a-kind city – New York – to present Pop-Up Pianos.
The pianos being auctioned are:
- Love is Life by Diane von Furstenberg (pictured above)
- Hello Miss Piano by Isaac Mizrahi
- Chopsticks, anyone? by Kate Spade
- Playing One Continuous Line by William Conroy Lindsay (NB: my personal favorite, as its design may assist in getting the point across when explaining legato)
- Manhattan Rhapsody by Scott Taylor
- Got Away and Just Wanted to Play by Samson Contompasis
- Brooklyn Love by Adam Suerte
- Polychromatic Scales by Chris Soria
- Homage to Fred by Scott Glazer
- Pedal to the Metal by Moira Fain
(Via Camille Zamora)