Feb 242012
 

Washington Square Park does not list amongst the usual tourist attractions of New York City, but it’s well worth a visit – at least in summer. There’s just so much going on there. Entering from the shady Northwest corner I was met by a three-piece jazz band. Moving on it seemed like there was a new band jamming away every twenty feet. Upon arriving in the middle, the fountain became the center of attention. A portly gentleman was stood in the middle getting soaked while people sat around the edges watching.

Then, to the left I saw what I thought was an amazing chalk drawing. Upon closer inspection I realized that it was a sand painting, a really big sand painting. This was the work of Joe Mangrum. He’s created a huge number of sand paintings in New York. You can see more of his work here.

Behind him, under the arch, a street performer was doing something I’ve never seen a street performer do. He was sitting on a bucket and playing a baby grand piano. I have no idea how he got the piano there and wonder if it stays there overnight or if he has to take it home every day.

 

***Edit: Joe just e-mailed me and directed me to this video, I now know how the piano gets there***

 

Sand painter, Joe Mangrum, creates a fantastic work in Washington Square Park in New York City in front of the arch while a baby grand piano is being played by Colin Huggins under the arch with people watching.

  One Response to “Music and Sand Painting in Washington Square Park”

  1. That video is really cool. I can’t believe the sand painter contacted you so quickly to give the info on the grand piano player. I love this photo, and now it’s better with the stories behind it.

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