Madison Square Park will have its first painted piano this June 9-19, part of Sing For Hope, an annual public art project that places 50 artist created pianos all over the city for everyone to play. The piano was painted by Oksana Prokopenko, an NYC multi media artist, and will be on view
June 9th through 19th in Madison Square Park.
About the piano:
I am interested in the idea of inspiration- where does that first spark of creativity come from? One enduring centuries-old belief is that muses are the caretakers of the creative sphere: daughters of Zeus whose names are Clio, Erato, Thalia, Terpsichore, Calliope, Polyhymnia, Euterpe, Melpomene, and Urania.
Many artists (musicians/writers/dancers/etc.) invoke and invite the muses' presence- hoping for creative ideas and help in bringing projects to fruition. The muses, being of divine origin, inhabit celestial spheres and watch over the creative process.
The piano is painted in shades of deep blue to symbolically represent the plane where our hopes and dreams live- sky or heaven or dreamscape. The flat top has a frieze depicting the muses, whose assistance we all can use, whether we practice the arts professionally or not. The piano is covered in constellations of stars, referring to the world where the muses might live, the outer space that for centuries was believed to be inhabited with magical mystical creatures moving through the sky. All the constellations are believed to have certain powers, some - like the Pegasus - are believed to be the creators of sources from which artists draw inspiration. The piano is to inspire the viewers not only to play, but also to reflect that creativity is a vast field of possibilities; that by inviting the muses into our (creative) life we could engage wonderful benevolent co-creators; all we have to do is look into the starry night and feel their creative help coming.