Sing for Hope is a charity that brings music into schools, nursing homes, veterans’ groups, and other community organizations. One of its big projects is the “50 Pianos” – they commission 50 volunteer artists to decorate 50 pianos to give to local schools. But before the pianos are distributed to schools, the pianos become a public art project, spending two weeks scattered all over New York City for people to play. On June 6th, there was an opening ceremony at Liberty Plaza with all the pianos gathered together before dispersal, available for anyone to play.
In addition to the pianos, the opening ceremony had a concert with many groups performing. One of my favorites was Michael Fennelly:
I was excited to meet Fabio Tedde, the “pianist without borders” who travels around the world giving concerts on street pianos:
Here’s a selection of some of the 50 pianos:
The Museum of Feelings is an awesome pop-up museum for the holiday season in New York City. It’s a promotional event for Glade, with five rooms with different technologies representing different associated smells.
After a brief orientation by one of the guides, you go into the first room. It is dark except for a couple of prisms, and you are given a holographic sheet which when held up to the prisms reflects all across the room.
The next room is a jungle of green light strands.
In the third room, it is completely black except for the circles of light around your feet. Each person automatically gets a different circle around their feet when they first step into the room, and their own circle remains with them as they move and dance around the room.
The last room is called the “cloud room,” and it is an immersion in purple. The air is filled with purple, but it does not appear to be either mist nor fog nor powder, since there is no residue.
The outside of the museum is a small pop-up building near Brookfield Place. It is lit in a color that reflects the “feelings” of New Yorkers, through a textual analysis of the social media feeds.