“Play Me, I’m Yours” is a piece by British artist Luke Jerram which was recently presented here in NY by non-profit arts group, Sing For Hope. 60 pianos throughout the city’s five boroughs, brought music to streets, parks and other public spaces. From June 21 to July 5, the pianos could be played by anyone who passed by in a festival of music open to all (day or night!). Upon conclusion of their public service, the pianos were donated to schools, hospitals, and community organizations.
From June 24 to September 3, a project by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District called “Sidewalk Catwalk” merges fashion and public art. Mannequins wearing one-of-a-kind creations by 30 of New York’s leading designers and two student design teams from Parsons and FIT can be seen all along Broadway from Herald Square to Times Square. Such noteworthy designers include Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, and Isaac Mizrahi. The creations will be auctioned off at the end of the summer with proceeds going to Materials for the Arts, a non-profit that supplies creative groups and public schools with recycled arts materials.
So if you’re tiring of the beach this summer, take a look (or listen!) at what the City streets have to offer.