Sing for Hope Pianos

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 (Photograph: Lori Leverknight)
Photograph: Lori Leverknight

Who it’s by: Stefan Sierhej; cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer (
Where to find it: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, Furman St at Old Fulton St, Dumbo, Brooklyn
About the design: The piano looks like a piece of blue-and-white china covered in iconic New York imagery, including a subway scene and the famous 1932 photo Lunch Atop a Skyscraper.

 (Photograph: Kate Digby Skinner)
Photograph: Kate Digby Skinner

Who it’s by: James K. Alicea (a.k.a. BlusterOne); graphic designer, painter and cofounder of clothing labels PNB Nation and AndSuns (
Where to find it: Astor Place, Lafayette St between 8th and 9th Sts
About the design: he freestyle composition was completed without planning or sketching, and includes instructions for the player like "lift to begin" on the cover and "now go" above the keys.

 (Photograph: Lori Leverknight)
Photograph: Lori Leverknight

Who it’s by: Arianna Huffington, president, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Media Group, and the Huffington Post team (
Where to find it: Thomas Jefferson Park, E 114th St between First Ave and Pleasant Ave
About the design: The words Unfold Your Own Myth and GPS for the Soul are painted over swirls of blue, turquoise and purple.

 (Photograph: Lori Leverknight)
Photograph: Lori Leverknight

Who it’s by: John Varvatos; designer, TV personality (
Where to find it: Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street
About the design: The metallic, industrial look reflects Varvatos’ designs, which are influenced by his love of rock music and culture.

 (Photograph: Lori Leverknight)
Photograph: Lori Leverknight

Who it’s by: Sing for Hope Youth Chorus; high school students from all five boroughs (
Where to find it: Brower Park, Brooklyn Ave at Prospect Pl, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
About the design: The theme “Journey to Greatness” reminds players and listeners to continue to dream big.

 (Photograph: Lori Leverknight)
Photograph: Lori Leverknight

Who it’s by: Jessica Browne-White; visual and performing artist (
Where to find it: Greeley Square Park, Sixth Ave between 32nd and 33rd Sts
About the design: In White's "dreamscape," human beings are part of the instrument. To achieve this effect, she made casts from the body parts of real New Yorkers, including students from an after-school program.

Locations vary; visit for details. Itching to show off your Scott Joplin–like skills—or at least your “Chopsticks” chops? For 16 days, service organization Sing for Hope will scatter 88 decorated pianos (one for each key, get it?) in outdoor public locations throughout the five boroughs. More than 100 creatives, notable New Yorkers and schoolkids helped customize the instruments, including designer John Varvatos and the Huffington Post's Ariana Huffington. Passersby are encouraged to pull up a bench and tickle the ivories. At the end of the project, the instruments will be donated to schools, hospitals and other community institutions that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to buy one.


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