Balloon-Based Street Art

balloon street art

Brooklyn artist D.Billy has created several site-specific installations around the city using balloons as his primary medium.

He writes:

Using colorful media such as twisting balloons, party streamers, and artist tape, I have begun to add visual representations of sound effects to public spaces as a sort of dimensional graffiti. After embellishing the found scenes and photographing the results, I leave my additions in place to engage passers-by for as long as the materials hold up. For me, this process encourages a reexamination of surroundings and objects that are usually taken for granted, and injects a hint of the fantastical surreality that I have established in my other work.

Or, at the very least, I hope someone thinks these things are kind of funny.

via Laughing Squid

Upcoming: Bubble Battle NYC

photo by shrued on flickr

Newmindspace’s Bubble Battle returns to NYC this Saturday for the first time in two years.

They write:

Millions of bubbles fly through the air as we converge in Times Sqauare for a magical bubble battle! Loosely based on the Dr. Seuss Classic The Butter Battle Book. Bring bubble toys, bubble generators, bubble solution, and plenty of AA batteries 🙂 We will meet on the traffic island at W 43rd & Broadway, fill our weapons and pull the trigger!

Bubble Battle NYC
Times Square (W 43rd + Broadway)
Saturday, June 21st 2008 @ 6:21pm
Rain or shine. Free and all ages!

Due to the large number of confirmed attendees, and a solstice yoga thing, we will be moving this event to

W 47th St. & 7th Avenue

just four blocks north of the original location. There is a convenient street closure that day, so there will be plenty of room for bubble blowing!
More info
facebook event

Permanent Nutface Gary

The always hilarious Rob Lathan has made a Father’s Day video with his new character “Permanent Nutface Gary.” (You may remember Rob as the “Rob!” who couldn’t find his seat at Yankee Stadium.)

The video is partially scripted, but there are some great moments of the character interacting with real people on the streets of New York.

Happy Father’s Day!

Flashback: Hooters Hoax

hooters hoax photo

Today’s post is the first in what will be an ongoing series where we flashback and take a look at awesome projects that while not new, are hopefully new to our readers. If not, enjoy a good idea for the second time or keep moving to the next post.

The Hooter’s Hoax took place in New York over President’s day weekend in 2006. The much loved Second Avenue Deli (a landmark for over 50 years,) had just closed in the East Village. John Grady and Mark Nickelsburg quietly put up a sign on the establishment’s front door in the middle of the night announcing a Hooters location would be soon opening. Clearly this was not going to sit well with the locals. The next day people stopped in their tracks to get a closer look at the sign, and a firestorm of speculation erupted on several NYC blogs. Some bloggers guessed it was a hoax, and others started protest sites to “stop Hooters.”

Grady writes:

Because I inadvertently pulled the prank over a three day holiday weekend (President’s Day) it had unintended consequences: the Hooters main office was not open to take calls from concerned East Village neighbors. Also, Hooters has a policy that it cannot confirm or deny where or when they are opening a new restaurant. Maybe because people would protest? I don’t know, but that definitely added fuel to the fire, when they started fielding calls and emails when they returned to the office that Tuesday.

Eventually the pranksters came clean on and the controversy came to an end. The Second Avenue Deli moved to 33rd Street, and Hooters still maintains its one New York location in midtown.

Do you know of a classic urban prank that we should cover? Let us know about it!

Idea Vending Machine

Vending machine for ideas

Jake Bronstein recently bought a toy vending machine off the Internet. He filled the toy capsules with ideas of fun things to do and started placing the machine in various spots around New York. For 50 cents you get the original toy, an idea, and a map to guide you to the location for your idea. Each capsule also contains a quarter, refunding half of your purchase price (the machine wouldn’t let him charge less than 50 cents.)

More info: Meet The Fun-O-Meter at Zoomdoggle

Upcoming: Boston & London

There are a couple of cool events happening next weekend:

Boston residents should check out the First Annual Boston Scavenger Hunt

It is with pride that Banditos Misteriosos announces the First Annual Boston Scavenger Hunt!

These type of scavenger hunts have been done on smaller scales in other cities, but Boston is ripe for this type of huge event!

Londoners should check out the Hide & Seek Festival:

Hide and Seek is a festival of social games and playful experiences, running in London from the 27th to the 29th of June 2008. It will encompass everything from fine artists making location-based work to huge flashmob games within the public spaces of the Southbank Centre.

Anything else going on this weekend or next? Let us know in the comments.

Meet a Black Guy

A duo in Oregon recently staged a new version of Improv Everywhere‘s 2006 mission Meet a Black Person. They set up their “Meet a Black Guy” booth at the farmer’s market in their hometown Corvallis, which is overwhelmingly white.

There’s a write up about it in their local paper, and the duo was interviewed on NPR (where they kindly give a shout out to the original Improv Everywhere mission.)

In other news the original Black Person just got hired back for his third season as a writer on MAD TV, and the editor of the original video (below) just got hired back for his second season! Congrats to Colton Dunn and Chris Kula!

Crosswalk Countdown

GuerilLA had some New Year’s Eve style fun this past weekend. Agent Wilner writes:

In Santa Monica there are many crosswalks that have countdown clocks signifying how long you have until you can’t cross the intersection anymore. We gathered a group of 50 agents and counted down a number of those clocks – very loudly. At the end of each countdown we went nuts – hugging, hi-fiving, cheering, screaming, using our noisemakers, toasting with our fake champagne, etc. Just like on New Year’s Eve. It was amazing! We did this at about seven intersections along the Santa Monica Promenade and then dispersed.

Also worth noting is that two participants got engaged during the mission (you’ll notice they are congratulated at the end of the video.) What better time to get engaged than New Year’s Eve! On June 8!

Party Train in Singapore

Mission:Singapore recently threw a party on the Singapore subway system. They write:

We got onto a train, played music and danced. We had balloons, treats and face paint for everyone. We even gave out small cut out hearts to everyone on the train to lighten up their day.

So, we partied till our lungs fall out and our clothes were soak in sweat, everyone on the train were entertained. We got a spectrum of emotions from the riders, from laugher to frowns, from smiles to out right annoyed. BUT all in all, the joy of the atmosphere drowned all the negativities. Our agents went all out and danced, the music was retro with hits like ‘eye of the tiger’ and ‘everybody dance now’ and of course, no retro mix is complete without ‘never gonna give you up’ from Rick Astley.

Eventually, we were greeted by the station managers and a security guard. They informed us very nicely that we had to lower the volume and keep the dancing minimal but we decided to end the party altogether, mostly because we were exhausted.

When we got off, the station managers bid us farewell and we exchanged friendly gestures and even gave them our paper hearts, which they stuck to their uniforms.

Also see:

Newmindspace’s guide to throwing your own subway party
Improv Everywhere’s surprise birthday party on the subway