Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Ad
Let Your Piano Sing
Let Your Piano Sing
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
81 registered (Albunea, augustm, accordeur, alwatson, Beakybird, 18 invisible), 2185 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1457303 - 06/15/10 07:45 PM 60 Pianos on the Streets of NY
Piano World Offline



Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 6042
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (orig. Nahant...
© NY Times 06/15/10

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/0...hings/?emc=eta1

June 15, 2010, 10:56 am
Pianos as Public Art, and the Public’s Playthings
By JAMES BARRON
Corinna Berthould, a volunteer with the “Play Me, I’m Yours” street-piano project, at a piano-painting party on Monday. Photographs by Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times Corinna Berthould, a volunteer with the “Play Me, I’m Yours” street-piano project, at a piano-painting party on Monday.

Jerome Ware Jr. pressed his palm into a tray of orange paint. Then he found exactly the right spot for a handprint on the top of an upright piano he had just painted gold.

“Contrasts, that’s what I’m going for,” he said.

Jerome, 16, was painting one of 60 pianos that will hit the city’s streets next Monday as part of a public art project called “Play Me, I’m Yours” (see map below). On corners, in parks, the pianos will be an eyeful as well as an earful, with attention-getting cases and living-color keys — green or blue, or all black instead of the usual allotment of 52 white and 36 black.

So before the whole city finds out who needs to brush up on the “Minuet in G,” volunteers have been putting brushes to the pianos.
Tarique Smith, 18, and others work on a piano. Tarique Smith, 18, and others work on a piano.

The nonprofit arts group behind the project, Sing for Hope, is betting that transforming the pianos into something to see as well as something to hear will make the installation as captivating as art installations like “the Gates,” the orange gates and matching draperies that stretched across Central Park in 2005, or the four-waterfall exhibit on the East River in 2008. Painting the pianos also brought back memories of the fiberglass cows that took up residence here in the summer of 2000.

Sing for Hope says the pianos can be like interactive cows. You could look at the cows, but they didn’t even moo. These pianos are all playable.

But pianos contain a lot of wood. Wood swells up in damp weather. And what if it rains?

Sing for Hope has a plastic tarp to pull over each piano and a “piano buddy,” a volunteer assigned to keep an eye on the weather and beat that cloudburst, just like the grounds crews at Yankee Stadium.

And just in case anyone was tempted to walk off with a piano, each one will come with an antitheft device: a cinder-block chained to the case.

Camille Zamora, a co-founder of Sing for Hope, got the idea for a piano installation when she read about the British artist Luke Jerram. To drawn Londoners out of their urban shells, he put 30 pianos on streets there last year. Ms. Zamora sent him an e-mail message that said: “This is a tangible example of what we’re trying to do. Can we bring this to New York City?”
MatisseSophie Matisse, granddaughter of the painter, at work.

He said yes.

But first Sing for Hope had to find the pianos. The ones it found would qualify for a “cash for clunkers” program if there were one for pianos. Ms. Zamora said most were donated, some from warehouses as far away as Ohio. They were a mishmash of all-but-forgotten and second-tier piano brands: Lesters, Krakauers, Chickerings, a Wurlitzer, a Story and Clark, a Kimball. Some were made in New York: a Winter, for example, took shape in a factory in Brooklyn a generation or two ago.

They were hauled to a staging area at 32 Avenue of the Americas, and the painters set to work — grownups who volunteered as well as school groups like Jerome’s that had worked with Sing for Hope, a program that sends professional artists to perform in classroom settings.

By Friday afternoon, some of the pianos looked Pollock-esque, with paint thrown on the wooden cases. Others were decorated with elaborate brush strokes. One had sculpture on top that formed a cityscape of tall buildings. There was even a streetlight positioned to light the music rack, for performers who bring along sheet music they haven’t quite memorized yet.

“We want communities where the pianos go to feel the pianos are theirs, that you don’t have to take 20 years of lessons,” Ms. Zamora said. “People are frightened to touch pianos. They don’t want to embarrass themselves.”

One of the artists at work was Sophie Matisse. Pianos and painting seem to run in her family. Her great-grandfather, Henri Matisse, painted “The Piano Lesson” in 1916. Of course, his was oil on canvas, and hers was water-based enamel on a Kimball.

“I love painting objects,” Ms. Matisse said. “And to do this on a three-dimensional surface is a challenge. It’s all about angles and surfaces, and learning.”

She said she did not read music. And across the room, Jerome said that he did not play the piano. But he said he would track down the one with his handprint, wherever Sing for Hope sent it during the two-week run of “Play Me, I’m Yours.”

“My sister wants to see it,” he said, “and I’ll dabble at the keyboard.”

_________________________
- Frank B.
Founder / Owner / Host
www.PianoWorld.com
www.PianoSupplies.com
Find Us On:
Facebook.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Twitter.com/PianoWorld
www.youtube.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Skype: PianoWorldDotCom
My Keyboards:
Estonia L-190, Yamaha P-80, Estey 1895 Pump Organ, Harpsichord (kit), Clavichord (kit), Bilhorn Telescope Organ c 1880
-------------------------
It's Fun To Play the Piano ... PLEASE Pass It On!
Invite everyone you know to join our piano forums!



Top
#1460273 - 06/21/10 11:47 AM Re: 60 Pianos on the Streets of NY [Re: Piano World]
Ghaith Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/11/10
Posts: 11
That's a beautiful project, i'd like to see these guys in Ottawa smile

Top
#1467055 - 07/02/10 01:33 PM Re: 60 Pianos on the Streets of NY [Re: Ghaith]
Richard Lee Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 2
How to go from Gordon to Glitterman !

Michael Douglas is Liberace !
Hugh Jackman as the very young Liberace ?
Gary Sinise as George, Liberace's brother ?
Sally Field as Dora, George Liberace's wife ?
Kathy Bates as Frances, Liberace's mother ?
Kirk Douglas as Salvtore, Liberace's father ?
Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley ?
Matt Damon is Scott Thorson !

Top
#1503605 - 08/26/10 12:18 PM Re: 60 Pianos on the Streets of NY [Re: Richard Lee]
musdan Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/05/05
Posts: 1227
It was fun while it lasted. Heard some good piano playing. Hope there will
be a next time.

Top
#1529133 - 10/06/10 02:28 AM Re: 60 Pianos on the Streets of NY [Re: Piano World]
mcl123147 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 2
That's a beautiful project,I want to that place see some things ,such as people and so on

Top

What's Hot!!
Our Latest Free Newsletter!
-------------------
Some New Piano World STATS

-------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

-------------------
Piano Classified Ads
(ad)
Defining National Piano Schools - Perceptions
Defining National Piano Schools - Perceptions
(ad)
Piano Lamps - Piano Lights
Piano Lamp by cocoweb - free shipping
New in Piano World's online store PianoSupplies.com , beautiful piano lamps from cocoweb. Free shipping! (continental U.S.).
(ad)
Pianoteq
Grotrian Concert
Royal
for Pianoteq out now
(ad)
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Piano adventures: level decision
by JRIII86
12/03/16 06:42 PM
MX100II Disklavier shut down and doesn't startup anymore
by MikeOregon
12/03/16 06:42 PM
Just tested a Kawai CA-97... have some questions/issues
by travis524
12/03/16 05:48 PM
Interesting version of "When The Saints Go Marching In"
by NimbleFingers92
12/03/16 05:45 PM
Q - Composing / Improvising - Steps
by imustlearn
12/03/16 05:02 PM
(ad)
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Forum Stats
85,758 Registered Members
44 Forums
176,769 Topics
2,576,006 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission