The Sing for Hope pianos have returned to New York City. Starting today, 88 decorated pianos in parks and other public spaces will be available for public use.

Support for the Sing for Hope installation is provided by Chobani Yogurt.

Driven by the vision of “Art for All,” The Sing for Hope Pianos project selects artists from across the city to customize their own unique piano; thus creating an amazing public art installation across New York.  88 pianos, representing the 88 keys, will be placed throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City from June 1st-16th.

The pianos are customized by volunteer artists who donate their time to the project.

Photos of the pianos (and a couple of young pianists) are already making the rounds on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/HeatherShipe/status/340875175597862912

@ktshipe89 tinkling the keys of one of the public #singforhope pianos in #nyc!

  • Rob

    That’s nice. Did they also place 88 piano tuners around the city for what appears to be a rather humid and hot day?

    • CatHerder

      …and a few hundred cops to keep them from wandering off?

    • mickeyco

      Rain can’t be good for them either.

    • Clayton Grant

      For your listening pleasure.

  • Joe W.

    Unless they are bolted down, they won’t last the two weeks…

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Two weeks? You misunderestimate the youts’ of Noo Yawk.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jon.a.hartz jonhartz

    Old hippies never die, they just pound away…

  • Jack Deth

    Uhhhh… What part of a piano ISN’T pawnable, hockable or just made to be taken away for personal use?

  • MrApple

    This is a nice feel-good measure that grabs the attention of the public but in the end accomplishes nothing. I see 5 outcomes of this piano display around NYC.
    1. One by one they all start to disappear.
    2. Someone gets hurt by or on one and they have to all be removed.
    3. No one cares and they just sit and become new platforms for graffiti artists or just become dirty, grimy eyesores around the city.
    4. There will be lots of people playing on these pianos and through cross contamination there will be some sort of sickness that is eventually spread throughout the city causing a lot of grief and then the pianos will be removed in the name of public safety.
    5. Or the piano movement takes off and there is a birth of a new cultural Renaissance in NYC.
    Lets just wait and see how this pans out.

    • mickeyco

      Our cynicism is showing.

      • nc

        No, just the weariness of experience.

        • MrApple

          Amen.

          • nc

            BTW, I’m sure glad they’ve got these pretty pictures of all the pianos. You know they’ll never look like that again. Worth it for one or two days, NYC?

    • GrindingMills

      1. I’m sure they’re all bolted down.

      2. How do you get hurt on/by a piano?

      3. Typically no one messes with public art. Just as graffiti artists don’t paint over each other’s work, they don’t paint over public art.

      4. Has to be better than handrails to the subway.

      5. Probably not, but this is a real cute idea.

      • lee martell

        To answer number 2. How could one get hurt on/by a piano. Easy, It could fall on someone like a slab at Stonehenge, or it could roll down a curvy street, like in the Laurel and Hardy talkies.

    • GrindingMills

      1. I’m sure they’re all bolted down.

      2. How do you get hurt on/by a piano?

      3. Typically no one messes with public art. Just as graffiti artists don’t paint over each other’s work, they don’t paint over public art.

      4. Has to be better than handrails to the subway.

      5. Probably not, but this is a real cute idea.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Once they let a little kid have at it, it’ll be sayonara!

    • Brian Roastbeef

      Hopefully this is cool enough that the people of NYC can restrain themselves from ruining it for the two weeks they’re around. I’d like to hope that we’re not yet at that point where we can’t have nice things. I guess it’s a good barometer to see if that really is so.

      • Janice LEE

        Sad to see all the negative comments about something fun and harmless. Even Mayor Blooming-idiot can’t object!

    • Brian Roastbeef

      Hopefully this is cool enough that the people of NYC can restrain themselves from ruining it for the two weeks they’re around. I’d like to hope that we’re not yet at that point where we can’t have nice things. I guess it’s a good barometer to see if that really is so.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      If you look closely, they are shackled down.

    • jorgi crews sanders

      symbolism over substance , what does this have to do with hope ? singing and piano’s do not give one hope !

  • nc

    Talk about useless feel-good measures, have you heard about this?
    http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/05/28/handicapped-symbol-facelift/18034/
    ‘Handicapped’ Symbol Gets Facelift
    By SHAUN HEASLEY
    May 28, 2013 [click on link to see the new logo]

    An effort to revamp the icon that’s long symbolized accessibility on everything from parking lot signs to bathrooms is gaining traction with New York City agreeing to adopt a new look.

    An updated version of the seemingly ubiquitous blue and white “handicapped” symbol will soon be plastered across New York.
    Rather than depict a static person in a wheelchair, the new icon displays an active, in-motion version of life with a physical disability.
    “It’s such a forward-moving thing,” Victor Calise, commissioner of the New York mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities, told The Chronicle of Higher Education.
    Backers of the new icon, which was spearheaded by a philosophy professor at Gordon College in Massachusetts, say they hope that adoption by the nation’s largest city will lead to more widespread acceptance of the design.

    • grais

      Good Lord
      “It’s such a forward-moving thing,”
      How douche.

    • grais

      Good Lord
      “It’s such a forward-moving thing,”
      How douche.

    • 96leroy

      More (busy)work and money for the unions who make these signs. Have you notice that street signs are all being changed to lower case letters except the first letter that is. They felt that all upper case was unreadable for some reason or it hurt their feelings (their being whomever pushed this waste of tax payer dollars).

    • jorgi crews sanders

      NC , I agree with you , I was in NYC on my mobility scooter and the people knocked me over in the street and kept on walking . So they really don’t have a lot of compassion for handicap people anyway . There I was laying in the street and not one New Yorker helped . I love the city but I think New Yorkers need some compassion more than the sign changes . Christmas at Roc Plaza a lady from Brooklyn cursed me out for taking to much space in my scooter . I don’t think a sign will change the heart !

  • arttie

    One for each of the 88 (and counting) IRS perps. They will each plunk on one key and play the only thing they know, a one note samba.

    • arttie

      Out of tune too to be sure.

    • arttie

      Out of tune too to be sure.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      You and I are of one mind on this. 88 jack-booted thugs was my first thought when I read the headline.

  • arttie

    One for each of the 88 (and counting) IRS perps. They will each plunk on one key and play the only thing they know, a one note samba.

  • BoscoBolt

    Yeah, well, just wait until the bums start vomiting and urinating (and worse) on them – it ain’t gonna be pretty.

  • BoscoBolt

    Yeah, well, just wait until the bums start vomiting and urinating (and worse) on them – it ain’t gonna be pretty.

  • detroit19

    Sheet music provided? Helplessly Hoping by CSNY.

  • Billie Slash

    Let’s #SingForHope that an occupier doesn’t take a dump on one of them.

  • aegean1

    How many real pianists are actually going to use these? How many annoying children are going to slam their fists down on the keys? Glad I don’t live in NYC.

  • http://www.lidsamy.com/ Lidsamy

    I loooooooooove this!!!!!!

  • NixTyranny

    Are they supposed to sing for “hope” while the play the pianos for “change?”

    It might have been the sort of cool, artsy thing NYC does from time to time, but the political connotation of the word “hope” sort of spoils it. Is there nothing in this country King Barack has’t ruined?

  • Richo

    Barg! New York commie pinkos! Nanny Bloomberg, Obama! IRS! Whargargble rabble rabble!

  • neoface

    Who is paying for these pianos? Taxpayers???? The question would be if by June the 16th, how many piano are left standing and still works???

  • lee martell

    88 pianos huh? That’s one piano for each maverick IRS agent. All 88 originating from Cincinnati, I’m told.

  • DondaLonda

    Something similar was done in Australia and it actually functioned pretty well. Created something positive to talk about and something to go look for and do as a group. It created an atmostphere of fun, and pleasant surprises and music are always good things for communities.

    • NRPax

      Bit of a different culture in Australia than New York though. That’s probably why it worked there.

      • DondaLonda

        Different culture, yes. But thieves and vandals are also present. The point was that everyone was terribly cynical and it can actually work.

  • Janice LEE

    Oh my, raindrops keep falling on my piano!!!