Over the past two weeks, 88 painted pianos were spread throughout the five boroughs as part of the "Sing For Hope" public art installation. The instruments will now be donated to needy schools and community centers. But before they're cleaned up and shipped off, the instruments came together for a grand finale at Lincoln Center on Sunday. The eight-hour event featured a handful of star performers (see below) and was capped by a group performance on all 88 pianos of Bach’s Prelude in C.
The Pop-Up Pianos project first came to New York in 2010 as the project of Luke Jerram, a British artist who has staged similar experiments in over 20 cities around the world. Since 2011, it has been administered by Sing for Hope, an organization founded by two sopranos from Juilliard, Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus, as a way for artists to give back to their communities. Each year the pianos are painted by volunteer artists. Below are some scenes from the event.
Arthur Darvill and Joanna Christie, of the musical 'Once,' kick off a day of free concerts at Lincoln Center (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Sing for Hope).
Seth Johnson and his daughter Phoebe, enjoy Father's Day by playing one of the 88 Pianos at Lincoln Center (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Sing for Hope).
Schmitty, a Yorkshire terrier, looks on as owner Ron Trotta plays on one of the 88 Sing for Hope Pianos at Lincoln Center (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Sing for Hope).
Sangwani, left, and Eghosa Mabhena share a moment at one of the pianos (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Sing for Hope).
(Diane Bondareff/Invision for Sing for Hope)
A guy plays "Game of Thrones"
The Grand Finale: