Posted by: Jeff Edwards | July 3, 2011

Zeke Decker participates in Pop-Up Pianos

Two views of the piano painted by Zeke Decker for Sing For Hope's Pop-Up Pianos. (Image credit: Cori Dunton, via the Pop-Up Pianos web site.)

Earlier this summer, VCS student Zeke Decker participated in a public art project organized by Sing for Hope, a non-profit organization that links artists and performers with programs that benefit schools, hospitals, and communities. Titled Pop-Up Pianos, the project placed 88 pianos designed by volunteer artists at various locations around New York City, each of which then served as a site for performances by a roster of volunteer performers, including local songwriters, dancers, and singers.

Here is a brief description of the project’s mission, taken from its web site:

Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos are on a street near you to celebrate our vision: that all New Yorkers — from Rockaway to Riverdale, Stapleton to Sunset Park — have access to the arts. Each one of the 88 pianos you find on New York City streets, in parks and on boardwalks, has been painted by a Sing for Hope Volunteer Artist who shares our mission of bringing the arts to all.

Zeke’s contribution to the project was located in Battery Park. It was dedicated to artist and teacher Elsworth Ausby, who passed away in March of this year. Ausby taught painting at SVA for over 25 years, and was deeply admired and respected by his colleagues and the many students who studied under him. To see some of Ausby’s work, check out A Space Odyssey (2005), a series of stained-glass works he designed for the Marcy Avenue subway stop on the JMZ line in Brooklyn.

You can also see more of Zeke’s art at his web site, which includes images of paintings, photographs, and other works.

(The images above and below are all taken from the Battery Park page at the Pop-Up Pianos site, which also has additional photos and videos. I have tried to provide full image credits in the captions, but if anyone has additional information that needs to be added, please leave a comment.)

Melanie Edwards, a musical scientist from New York City plays Zeke's piano in Battery Park for the Sing for Hope Pop Up Piano event. (Image credit: Melanie Edwards, via the Pop-Up Pianos web site.)

An evening concert with Sean-David Cunningham (violin), Sylvana Joyce (piano), and Peter Bellomo (bass). (Image credit: Chris Soria, via the Pop-Up Pianos web site.)

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