|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Sunday, December 4, 2016
|NYC to Plunk Down Pianos at Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge|
After being used during a press conference announcing the public art project "Play Me, I'm Yours", a piano, which is one of sixty being used in the project, is moved from Gantry Plaza State Park in the Queens borough of New York to another location in the city. The sixty public pianos will be in locations throughout the five boroughs during the two week installation which is scheduled to kick off June 21 at the one-day citywide Make Music New York festival. AP Photo/Tina Fineberg.
NEW YORK (AP).- Consider them keys to the city: Anyone who gets a sudden itch to tickle the ivories will be able to play free public pianos in 50 places throughout New York City, from the Coney Island boardwalk to the Metropolitan Museum.
An art installation touring the world is making its first U.S. stop beginning Monday. For two weeks, players can play tunes on pianos all over New York City, at famous landmarks like the Lincoln Center, the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island ferry terminal and Central Park's bandshell.
The concept, devised by British artist Luke Jerram, has put more than 130 pianos in parks, squares and bus stations since 2008 in cities including London, Sydney and Sao Paulo. And now it's New York City's turn to play, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday.
"There's going to be a huge amount of talent here," Jerram said in an interview. "The piano's actually a blank canvas for everyone's creativity, really, so I just hope that the city enjoys it."
The New York installation will be the largest in the project. It is double the size of the previous largest 30 pianos in London last year.
Each of the 60 pianos to be installed throughout New York has its own attendants responsible for its care. That involves unlocking the keyboard at 9 a.m. every day and deploying a heavy tarp over the instrument if it rains.
The pianos were donated for the cause and have been painted and decorated by artists.
They will be delivered to 27 locations in Manhattan, 10 in Brooklyn, five in Queens and four each in Staten Island and the Bronx.
Jerram got the idea at his local coin-operated laundry, according to a website about the project. He saw the same people there every weekend, but none of them talked to each other. He thought a piano might help bring people together in places like that.
The results in other cities have been surprising and life-changing, he said in an interview. A woman in Sao Paulo heard her daughter play for the first time on one of Jerram's pianos in a train station. The mother had worked to pay for lessons for four years, but the family had no piano at home.
In Sydney, a couple met at a piano and are now married, Jerram said.
On Thursday, Bloomberg and other city officials unveiled a piano in a waterfront park in Queens, where passers-by welcomed the art installation.
"It seems like a good idea that brings a sense of fun and playfulness to the city," said David Rosenfeld, who was riding his bike in the area.
Most pianos will be open for song until 10 p.m.
After the art installation concludes, the pianos will be donated to schools and hospitals, according to Sing for Hope, a nonprofit that coordinated the New York project.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
June 21, 2010
Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Arrive in Taipei for the First Time
100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at Indianapolis Museum of Art
Art 41 Basel: More than 62,500 Visitors, Extraordinary Quality, Strong Results
Major Exhibition at Brooklyn Museum to Redefine the Role of Female Pop Artists
The Mourners, Bill Viola Exhibitions Opening at Saint Louis Art Museum
An Anthology of Rankin Portraiture Opens at Annroy Gallery
Stephen Vitiello's A Bell for Every Minute to Open on the High Line
Exhibition at Musée d'Elysée Showcases Prix Pictet Winners
New Tube Map Cover Designed by Artist Barbara Kruger
Alfred Stieglitz: the Lake George Years on View at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Presents Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro
The Tree Museum: About Space, Time, Nature and Genius Loci
Time Travelling Tardis Among Doctor Who Props for Sale at Bonhams
Presidio Habitats: A Year Long Exhibition in the Landscape
"Pattern, Costume and Ornament" Explores the Meanings of Decoration in Contemporary African and African-American Art
Bellevue Arts Museum Showcases Major Northwest Artists in an Interactive Setting
Winner of 2009 PHotoEspaña Prize, Alejandra Laviada, Presents Her First Solo Exhibition
NYC to Plunk Down Pianos at Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge
New Exhibit Illustrates U.S. Sruggle to Evict War-Time Intruders from Alaska
LiveAuctioneers.com's May 2010 Results Set Record for Post-eBay Period
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- 'Rare' Anne Frank poem to be auctioned
2.- Dutch National Museum of Ethnology says ancient Mixtec skull a forgery
3.- Emotionally charged relationship between man and woman explored in exhibition
4.- Exhibition celebrates the enduring legacy of Herb Ritts's photography
5.- Israeli scientists unearth extraordinary 'thinker' figurine from the Middle Bronze Age
6.- Robert Crumb and other underground comix artists soar to record prices at Heritage Auctions
7.- Further findings from Maidstone Museum's mummy scan
8.- Norman Rockwell's 'Which One?' leads Sotheby's $28.6 million American Art Sale
9.- Portrait of Russia's last tsar found hidden under a layer of water-soluble paint
10.- Controversial British photographer David Hamilton dies
Invisible Exports announces the New York solo debut of work and objects by Bob Mizer
Six weeks after, New York City artists seek help to scrub away superstorm Sandy's stains
Just discovered Scharl Portrait of Einstein up for sale for first time
New York State Museum exhibits historic images from Burns archives
La Dolce Vita: 1950-1960. Stars and Celebrities in the Italian Fifties at Eataly New York
The Art of Playboy, Gil Elvgren, Golden Age greats headline Fall New York illustration art auction
Costa Rica reclaims artifacts from the prestigious Brooklyn Museum in New York
Doyle New York to auction the Arthur Rothstein photograph collection in October
New study identifies pine bush as "Stop Over" for migrating birds
Chinese Gilt-Bronze Bell achieves $482,500 at Doyle New York's Asian works of art sale
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.