New York, N.Y. - FIGMENT, a free, family-friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities and attracting tens of thousands of participants each year, has announced its Summer-Long Sculptures for its 2014 season in New York City. Since its inception in 2008, over 100,000 visitors annually have enjoyed and interacted with FIGMENT NYC's Summer-Long Program.
This year, FIGMENT has selected four large-scale sculptures for the 2014 Summer-Long Sculpture Exhibition, from over 50 proposals submitted.
The following are the sculptures that will be included in this year's exhibition:
Traffic Play by David Aronson invites visitors to have fun with the infrastructure that punctuates the dance of a city's movement. This manic game of Red Light/Green Light is inspired of the idea of four traffic signals the summer off to play. Solar power and Doppler Radar are put to a unique use to invite visitors to join in the game.
Achilles by A Touch of Modern is an assemblage of triangles forming a life-size giraffe. Visitors will be invited to draw a vision of their future on the giraffe's coat, bringing their ideas to life and sharing their hopes with others. The giraffe symbolizes intuition and farsightedness. This piece aims to raise awareness of the dwindling population of the West African Giraffe.
A Sharper Lens by Oreen Cohen alludes to Governors Island's military past, illustrating a battle between a constructed artillery cannon and an iron dome. These weapons are actually kinetic kaleidoscopes, enabling visitors to engage in a battle of perceptions projecting kaleidoscopic views onto the landscape.
Magic Carpet by Kathy Creutzburg was inspired by Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. Visitors are invited to climb onto this unraveling fantasy vehicle in need of repair. Where will it take you?
More information is available on the FIGMENT NYC website.
In addition to these Summer-Long Sculptures, Governors Island will become the global capital for participatory art, creativity, and community during FIGMENT NYC Weekend, taking place June 7 & 8. All of FIGMENT's art is participatory, so visitors to Governors Island should be ready to join in the fun and be ready to be inspired. FIGMENT is a free, non-commercial, de-commodified, environmentally responsible event.
Subject to approvals and permitting, FIGMENT's 2014 Summer-Long Program, including the Summer-Long Sculpture Program, Artist-Designed Mini Golf Course, Ben Jones' Treehouse, and the Governor's Cup pavilion designed by CDR Studio, will be located at the south end of the Parade Ground on Governors Island. The FIGMENT Summer-Long Program will be free and open to the public while the island is open, from FIGMENT NYC Weekend (June 7-8) through September 21.
FIGMENT NYC 2014 dates
Weekend event: June 7-8 / submission deadline Fri, April 25
Artists may submit works at http://newyork.figmentproject.org/submit_a_project
Summer-Long Program: Interactive Sculptures, Artist-designed Minigolf Course, Governors Cup Pavilion by CDR Studio, and Ben Jones' Treehouse: June 7 through September 21
Hi-res images from previous events: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/figmentproject/collections/72157640592343393/
Stay tuned for information on Ben Jones' Treehouse and Artist Designed Minigolf!
FIGMENT is a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture, that began on Governors Island in 2007, and has grown and spread to events in 2013 in nine cities in three countries on two continents. In New York, during the FIGMENT NYC weekend event, over 400 artists transform Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork, experienced by 25,000 participants in 2013. In 2011, FIGMENT was voted "Best Art Festival" in New York by the Village Voice. FIGMENT and its projects have been profiled in The New York Times, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, ABC 7, CBS Channel 2, WNBC, Thirteen, the Weather Channel, and many other publications and broadcast stations.
"If FIGMENT were a country, it would be the happiest in the world - and I would apply for citizenship immediately." - BBC Travel
"Playful and thought-provoking large-scale installations that are not just a must-see but a must-experience." - The New Yorker
FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT NYC is supported by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Andrea Kirk, Producer FIGMENT NYC / firstname.lastname@example.org / 646.678.0970
Cori Carl, NYC Communications Director / email@example.com / 732.492.8293
Larisa Fuchs, Press Director / firstname.lastname@example.org / 914.319.5587