Tropical Dreams

  • 2019

Artist Statement

The aim of my piano design is to bring joy and warmth to the community where it is placed. As New Yorkers we are often starved for nature, and in the winter months for color. The tropical design I have proposed is based on images and colors that remind me of my childhood. I was born in Singapore and spent my early years in Asia. The flowers and birds of this design are based on my two years in Thailand (1st and 2nd grade), which are some of my fondest memories. The aim of the design is to incorporate bright colors, warm feelings, nature and some whimsy to the ordinarily plain piano. I believe this concept will connect with the community in two ways. Firstly, the natural aspect and bright colors will break up the sometime monotonous city scape. Secondly, because New York City is a melting pot, I believe there may be other New Yorkers with similar backgrounds who will smile at the reminder of a home base or childhood spent in the tropics. The main connection will be of course the colors, fun design and little lizards running to and fro which I hope will bring a smile to everyone's face!

About the Artist

Joanne Agabs
"Joanne Agabs is a New York City artist/illustrator. The people and nature she encounters in her daily life and travels are the inspiration for her work. Joanne draws and paints realistic as well as whimsical scenes and still lifes. She uses models and often times photographs taken from her travels and her home, New York City. 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. 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."

Public Location

Willoughby Plaza (June 3 - 23, 2019)

Permanent Home

MS 907 (Delivered Fall 2019)

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