Category Archives: parks

Shopping Cart Forest

For NL Architects’ latest project they created a “moving forest” in Amsterdam:

The Moving Forest are 100 trees strapped into 100 shopping-carts lurking around in an urban environment blocking peoples way and forcing passers to act on them. According to NL’s Gen Yamamoto the idea comes from a story he heard as a child about a forest where the trees move at night so that people would loose there way and could never get out.

After the period of 6 weeks when the festival is over, the trees will be sold on to citizens and find a new home.

via Inspire Me Now

Monster Mashup

Last week we told you about the Ghost Dance happening in Boston. Judging by the video above it looks like it was a blast!

Banditos Misteriosos writes:

Dozens of ghosts of all ages converge upon Boston’s Columbus Park to dance up a Halloween storm.

Participants were asked to bring a sheet, an mp3 player with a prerecorded song, press play all at once, and dance away! To outside observers, our ghosts were merely dancing in silence, the music only being heard through the earphones of participants.

Sarah Palin Mob in NYC Tonight

We just got notice of a Sarah Palin gathering happening tonight in Union Square in NYC:

Presenting the 1st ever “SARAH PALIN EXPERIMENT and PAGEANT.” Let’s see how
many Sarah Palin’s will fit in UNION SQUARE!

Knowing that 75% of us ladies (and perhaps a few fellas) will be appearing as potential VP candidate Sarah Palin for Halloween, we’ll all unite in honor and celebration of a true MAVERICK – mother, governor and part-time huntress by MEETING AT…

UNION SQUARE (14th Street and University – north side of street)
October 31, 2008. 10pm

Part picnic. Part meet-n-greet. Instruments encouraged. And bring the rest of the Palin-gang if you can! Bristol! Todd! Trig! See and be seen. Stop by after the parade!!

*If you know ANYONE going as Sarah Palin – PASS THIS ALONG TO THEM!!*

NYC Big Wheel Race & Cruel DC

There are a couple of cool events happening Saturday.

The first was sent to us by our friends at Newmindspace.

Zombie Unicorn presents (with a little help from Newmindspace): NYC GREAT BIG WHEEL RACE 2008!

Bring your big wheel, trike, skateboard, velocipede, or handmade contraption on wheels along with your superhero costume to race down the Great Hill in Central Park against the greatest big wheelers in town.

You’ll need a helmet and other protective gear. Your vehicle’s seat must, at its lowest point, be lower than 12 inches. That’s low. Wheel size is open. Rubber wheels are strongly discouraged.

Free registration for racing: e-mail flopaint (at) gmail.com. Spectators more than welcome. Standard big wheels are available at indy toy stores & big box retail stores and odder wheeled units are probably available on trash day on your corner.

Meet up at Central Park Drive at 103rd St. on the East side. We’ll take a walk through and then the main event.

Prizes for most original vehicle, costume and 4th place finisher.

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NYC Big Wheel Race
Central Park Great Hill (W 103 St. + Central Park W)
Saturday, October 18th 2008 @ 2pm – 4pm
Rain or shine. Free and all ages!
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Also happening Saturday: a group in Washington DC is hosting a game of Cruel 2 B Kind, Jane McGonigal‘s game of “benevolent assassination.” More info: Cruel DC

Instant Grant Program

Artist Steve Lambert sent us a new collaboration of his, The Federation of Students and Nominally or Unemployed Artists. The group spent an afternoon in Union Square Park in Manhattan giving away “instant grants” to anyone who pitched them a project.

How it works:

The FSNUA aims to re-inspire creative thinking and action in everyday people by removing a small barrier and providing encouragement. We give small, unsecured grants in the form of $10-$60 for creative projects thought up on the spot by everyday people. In the past this has included a merchant marine, two 10 year old girls, a US soldier on leave from Iraq, an accordion player from Alaska, and around 40 others. We funded their new paintings, drawings, knitting, and photojournalism projects, and the repair of one accordion. Projects that may not have happened had they not come across 10 people in the park to support and inspire the thought.

Beyond the small amount of money, the project encourages people to see themselves as something other than workers or consumers even if it just for the length of time required to apply for the FSNUA grant. We also hope to re-inspire dormant desires to create while presenting an example of generosity without an ulterior motive.

Park(ing) Day

Today is Park(ing) Day 2008. Groups around the world will turn parking spaces into temporary public parks.

San Francisco art collective REBAR first created “PARK(ing)” in 2005 to re-imagine the potential of the metered parking space. In 2006, in collaboration with TPL, REBAR founded “PARK(ing) Day”: a global exploration of the creative potential of streets.

Here’s a video from Park(ing) Day NYC 2006:

Revolutionary Water Gun Battle

Remember the water gun battle in Boston we told you about a couple of weeks ago? It happened this Saturday and Nick Carlisle wrote in with a report:

On Saturday, we (Banditos Misteriosos) hosted a Revolutionary War re-enactment…with water guns and bubbles. We had probably about 300 people, separated into two teams: the “Redcoats” and the “Colonists.”

We marched from two different locations and met up to douse each other in water on the Charles River Esplanade. People of all ages took part.

I put a quick video together (as I’m sure you can surmise, filming in the midst of hundreds of people with water guns can be risky, but I couldn’t resist).

The bubbles were meant to be a “peacetime cease-fire” (of course it didn’t work, the “troops” re-engaged and resumed battle within a couple of minutes — word has it that many people dipped their water guns into the Charles River to re-load during this time.)

Anonymous Semi-Nudist Colony

Marc Horowitz, social crusader and one-man think tank, is making a new series of videos for Crackle where he drives across America in a route that traces his own signature. The video above is episode four in the series.

Marc Horowitz encourages the buttoned-down residents of Nampa, Idaho to semi-express themselves by donning ski masks and taking off a few items of clothing. The result is the city’s first “anonymous semi-nudist colony.”

Marc has done a whole mess of great projects over the years. Check them out.