(Photo courtesy of Dumbo Improvement District)
From June 18th through July 2nd, the Dumbo Improvement District has partnered with Sing for Hope Pop-up Piano to bring a baby grand piano to The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge; the piano will be available to be played by all who pass by. This two week public residency is part of Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos public art project, presented in collaboration with the City of New York that will bring 88 pianos to public space and parks across the five boroughs of New York City this summer. The piano, designed by Polish-born American-residing visual artist Olek, has been crocheted with vibrant fibers, and will be unveiled to the public on the morning of June 18th.
The installation will be one of the largest public art festivals in New York this summer, and is expected to reach more than 2,000,000 people. To see a full list of locations, please visit www.singforhope.org.
Borough Concert: On Friday, June 24th, Sing for Hope and the DUMBO BID will hold the third Pop-Up Piano Borough concert under The Archway. Prize-winning pianist Elaine Kwon performs throughout the evening wearing a custom crocheted outfit to match Olek’s piano. Also performing are the piano-based folk pop group Greene Girl, (the name is derivative of the neighborhoods Fort Greene and Greenpoint), Melanie Edwards Laboratories, percussionist Jibrail Nor, guitar/bass/trumpeter Greg Bandolik and Lacrymosa, who showcases her unique singing/songwriting/piano talents.
There is also a Sing for Hope piano at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1.
(Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park)
Dumbo Improvement District Press Release (PDF 1.32mb)