Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dumbo Arts Festival 2008

The DUMBO Arts Festival (technically the Art Under the Bridge Festival) -- a crazy formless party of open studios, outdoor art, roving performances, and infectious fun -- is taking place this weekend in Brooklyn, and Jae and I went and checked it out a bit today.

I guess I was too busy taking it all in to really "cover" it, but here are a couple peeks.

It's going on all day Sunday, and everything is FREE, so if you're in the area come check it out!

Top right: I liked this installation on the stairs of an office building on Main Street.

At around 7pm, a band of drummers gathered on the corner of Front and Pearl. I caught them on video just as they were starting up, before they stirred up a huge crowd and marched into Rebar (a local hotspot) to blast the night away. (Turn up the sound on your computer!)

Walking down Pearl Street, we suddenly found ourselves showered with tiny soap bubbles. It was so pretty and mysterious, and it took us a minute to find the source: this third floor window of a loft building down the street.

One of the anchorages of the Manhattan Bridge has recently been opened up and it's my new favorite space in my favorite 'hood. It's huge and open, like a strange urban cathedral. Tonight there was a pretty interesting installation of video projections, and a giant form constructed from rebar uplit in green with flat screens perched on the ends. It was weird and engaging and beautiful.

The title is Pachyderm.

Posted and images by Amy Shaw for Greenjeans.

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