A Yarn Bombed Piano Under the Brooklyn Bridge
Images of this yarn bombed piano
are posted prolifically on Pinterest, Tumblr, and various websites,but sources are vague as to whether it’s in Brooklyn or Manhattan (if include a reference), and whether it’s a remnant from “Sing for Hope” or “Play Me, I’m Yours.”
Since hearing the recent news stories
about the mysterious piano found in the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge, I’ve been wondering if this could be it, so I did some research.
The acclaimed New York-based Polish artist Agata Olek has used her signature colors in a knit-up of this piano under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
The piano is one of 60 installed in public spaces throughout New York City as part of “Play Me I’m Yours,” an art project by British artist Luke Jerram.
Anyone is welcomed to play the pianos.” (“Yarn Bombed Piano,” Global Graphica)
DUMBO (referenced in the quote above) refers to DumboNYC, which is a blog about Brooklyn area events. (source)
The DumboNYC blog states that this work is under the Manhattan bridge as a result of a collaboration between DumboNYC and Sing for Hope Pop-up Piano. The post is categorized under Brooklyn Park, which is mentioned briefly at end the post.
So, good. The yarn bombed grand piano was in Manhattan. But for what reason?
Street Pianos answers that question:
Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram who has been touring the project globally since 2008.
Presented in NYC with Sing for Hope, 60 pianos were installed in public parks, streets and plazas in June 2010. Like a creative blank canvas, the pianos were there for any member of the public to play and engage with. (source)
So there were two or more events associated with this yarnbombed piano: Play Me, I’m Yours and Sing for Hope.
But wait… what about that mysterious piano recently found under the east side of the Brooklyn Bridge?
The Mason & Hamlin grand piano was discovered on the Manhattan side of the bridge. No one has come forward to say whom it belongs to, or how exactly it got there. (source)
Could this be the same piano?
Although I didn’t find confirmation of exactly where the Olek yarn bombed piano ended up, it was designated as follows:
Following their two-week public residency, the pianos are donated to under-resourced schools, hospitals, and community centers, where they enrich lives for years to come. (Sing for Hope)