Just a short ride away on Governor’s Island you can enter a City of Dreams through art, music and food. As you step off the ferry ride, you are welcomed to FIGMENT! Figment is happening this weekend and you still have today to experience it. If not, you’ll have to wait till next year! It’s taken me 6 years to FINALLY make the trip – it’s a wonder where all the time goes and how busy our lives get. I think my fellow city dwellers, especially New Yorkers, understand.
So what is Figment exactly? It’s a participatory arts event – it’s not just something that you stand still and quietly look at–it is something you participate in. You touch it, smell it, write on it, talk to it, dance with it, play with it, learn from it. Interactive art creates a dynamic collaboration between the artist, the audience and their environment. – FigmentProject.org.
Bizarre but the cool thing was that when you turned the monster head, the mouths and eyes would move around in all sorts of googly ways.
My absolute FAVORITE installation of the day? This Head in the Clouds piece by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects (studioKCA) – the winner of the City of Dreams Pavilion contest, which has to consist of recycled or recyclable materials. Their choice of materials? 53,780 plastic bottles – the amount thrown away in ONE hour in NYC!
Besides the fact that this installation was already amazing, they had a DJ booth set up inside and they were playing music that just amplified throughout the cloud – you couldn’t even hear it when you stood a few feet away from it on the outside. The ground was wet and muddy from the days of rain we got, but I can’t wait to go back, dream away and maybe even dance it up inside the cloud! For those heading there today, it’s probably a bit drier, but new & pretty shoes are not recommended.
In this city of dreams, where will you be dreaming this summer?