TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Troy Street Pianos is a public art project placing pianos in parks and other public spaces around the City for everyone to enjoy and play. Each piano is both a working instrument and a piece of art, each designed and painted by local artists.
Organ Colossal, the nonprofit organization behind Troy Street Pianos, said, “these pianos celebrate and spark spontaneous gathering, music-making, and community.” They believe that the arts belong to everyone and that everyone should have access to spaces where music can happen.
There are three unique pianos in Troy:
‘The In Crowd’ by Fernando Orellana
- Located at The Snowman, 531 5th Avenue in Lansingburgh
Designed by Fernando Orellana, ‘The In Crowd’ is a transmedia artwork meant to blur the lines between automation and reality. The imagery and narrative that Orellana explores spans a spectrum that includes giving agency to automata, embracing the generatively made, celebrating the wonders of absurdity, and is most often driven by the universes of his subconscious mind.
‘Waiting to be Heard’ by Chloe Harrison
- Located downtown at 518 Craft, 2nd and Broadway, facing Monument Square
Chloe Harrison is a local artist based in Troy, a graduate of Russell Sage College. Her work consists of narrative illustration and structure. Her art explores communication, relationships, social anxiety, and the endless questions about this existence.
‘Street Art Piano 4Mx Heart & Soul’ by ObaRoEne!
- Located at Lots of Hope Park, 2nd and Jackson, in South Troy
Oba! is a Nigerian American artist based in Upstate New York. He creates performance art sculptures and props like hula hoops and puppets, which have been featured in national and internationally-broadcasted television programs, at live entertainment venues, and on streaming platforms.
“It’s just such a natural attraction of curiosity so it’s been really fun to see people who did not expect to stumble upon it, stumble upon it,” said Geoff Brault, the executive director of the Downtown Troy BID.
Organ Colossal was created to build a community for musicians and listeners in the Capital Region. The Troy Street Pianos is just one of multiple projects in the works.