Artist Statement: My concept is a celebration of nature, music and art, three things that cannot exist without each other! As an artist and a resident of Chelsea I watched Little Island being built with great excitement, as it was a highly unusual design. As an artist and nature lover I was thrilled at this private/public partnership to provide a space that not only celebrates nature, but also art. My piano design reflects all of this with a colorful rendering of nature including plants, flowers insects and birds, all buzzing around musical notes. The concept is to have a beautiful and colorful piano that can attract the eye from afar, but upon closer inspection there are little animals (frogs, mice and birds) as well as insects (butterflies, bees, beetles, lady-bugs and caterpillars) flying around and nestled in the grass. A celebration of nature, art and music all represented on the piano.
  • 2023

The Nature of Music


Joanne Agabs
Born in Singapore, Joanne spent much of her childhood in Singapore, Japan and Thailand drawing and painting alongside her mother, a professional printmaker. Joanne earned her degree in Fine Art from George Washington University with a concentration in drawing, where recognition of her work included the Robert N. Alfandre Award for Drawing. Today, Joanne lives in New York City with her husband and two children. She shows her work in galleries throughout New York. In addition to creating her work she teaches a series of art workshops and after school art classes to elementary school aged children.

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Van Cortlandt Park

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