Hit TV show Broad City featured a familiar face (using “face” loosely) in the penultimate episode: this Sing for Hope Piano by incredible SFH Piano Artist LEXY HO-TAI! From the Flushing Meadows Unisphere to Washington Square Park & hit TV, to its permanent home at PS 64Q, Ho-Tai’s SFH Piano has lived quite a New York life.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is LEXY. I’m an explorer, dreamer, and maker of things. I like making all sorts of things. Mostly, I enjoy making things that ignite joy and make people smile. I’m highly inspired by the minds of children, and I take play very seriously. I’m interested in exploring social themes through humorous and playful interactive pieces. I love experimenting and working in different mediums. Aside from making, I also love art teaching and programming. I conceptualized and co-created Accessible Art, a free adaptive art program for disabled youth in the Bronx. I have taught art and sewing at various schools, camps, and privately. Helping youth express and manifest their creative ideas gives me so much joy! I have a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School for Design. I’ve been an artist-in-resident at The Watermill Center and the Flux Factory, and a Van Lier Fellow at MAD Museum. I’m based in NYC, though I seem to spend most of my time up in the clouds…
About the Piano
My piano is a visual exploration of the two “sides” of the brain: The Left Brain, and the Right Brain. The left side of the piano represents the analytical, objective, and logical side of the brain: black and white, with very graphic elements that represent logic, such as numbers, calculators, and clocks. The right side represents the creative, subjective, and intuitive side of the brain: very colourful and textural, working with mixed mediums, including textiles, papier-mache, and thick paint. There are elements that represent that side of the brain, such as music notes and paint brushes.
ABOUT THE SING FOR HOPE PIANOS
450+ artist-created pianos placed in NYC’s public spaces as hubs of community and creativity for all people, then transported to permanent homes in schools, hospitals, and community centers, impacting 2 million+ New Yorkers & visitors.
Lexy Ho-Tai’s 2018 Sing for Hope Piano now lives at PS 64 in Ozone Park, Queens.