Pianos that otherwise would have wound up in the garbage are instead heading to MetLife stadium, complete with game paint, Super Bowl rings and a celebrity endorsement. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Bruno Mars will not be playing the piano seen at left at the Super Bowl half time show, but the beautifully painted instrument is going to be making an appearance at the big game which is a big honor for these student-artists.
The pianos were re-purposed by the arts-for-everyone organization "Sing for Hope."
"They get a bunch of volunteer artist to come in and create works of art on reclaimed pianos, pianos that were otherwise headed for the scrap heap," says Jessica Brown-White, a volunteer artist for Sing for Hope. "Then, they are presented all over New York City so that people can play them. They're totally open, and afterwards, they get donated to all sorts of organizations, schools, hospitals, hospices, places that wouldn't normally have a budget for musical instruments."
Students painted scenes from their neighborhoods.
"It's a view of the New York City skyline from DUMBO, Brooklyn at night," says student artist Jaqueline Tran.
"Having grown up in East Harlem, it's just a pleasure to have been able to represent my community," says student artist Delia Tipia.
Their piano will be in good company at MetLife Stadium. It will be alongside one painted by football great Kurt Warner and his family.
"Sing For Hope was approached by the NFL and said, 'We want some of your pianos at the Super Bowl,' which is amazing," Brown-White says. "So they wanted one New York-themed one and a football-themed one."
Warner's daughter, Jessie Joe, is also a volunteer artist with Sing for Hope, but it was her dad, the former New York Giant, who really took the ball and ran with it.
"They've got Lady Liberty totally catching a touchdown on there, because why not, and the Super Bowl rings. I love it," Brown-White says. "And Kurt's wife had him go out to buy rhinestones for those rings."
The students admit that they're not big football fans, but they're definitely watching the game this year. And like Warner, they're all Super Bowl MVPs - Most Valuable Painters.