June 9: Paddle to Governors Island! Figment Festival and “Rising Tide”

“Head in the Clouds” exhibit of the FIgment Festival (http://newyork.figmentproject.org/) under construction.

We posted a new trip to our fan page’s “events” calendar:


Paddle down to Governors Island to see the art of waterfront ally Bernard Klevickas and kayaker Harry Spitz and many other artists at two exhibitions. See more about the world-acclaimed Figment Festival below.”Rising Tide” is a sculptural exhibit also on the island with a theme of disruption, inspired by Hurricane Sandy. We attend in honor of the UN World Oceans Day this weekend.

Please join the event on Facebook *and* email us at tours@harborlab.org with the subject line, “Figment.” We will email participants with further safety and coordination details. Please consider how you might support HarborLAB as a volunteer, a donor, or liaison to a sponsor.

We’ll launch from Hunters Point on the ebb and pass under the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges before landing at Governors Island. We’ll return on the flood, landing back in Queens in time for dinner.

From Governors Island Alliance:

FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. Now in its 7th year on Governors Island, FIGMENT NYC removes the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees, and blurs the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art. At FIGMENT you will find works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, social experiments, and heart-stopping technological innovations that change the way we see the world… and visitors are invited to bring something, too! FIGMENT NYC has been named the Best Art Festival in New York by the Village Voice, and BBC Travel writes, “If FIGMENT were a country, it would be the happiest in the world—and I would apply for citizenship immediately.” See you at FIGMENT! What are you bringing?”

“Rising Tide presented by the Sculptors Guild, 11 am to 5 pm. Almost six months after Hurricane Sandy, artists across the region are still putting the pieces of their lives back together, getting into their (in some cases, devastated) studios, and creating new work. This show will acknowledge rising tides of all stripes (political, social, psychological) in the hope of drawing attention to the new forms that result — to the bright and shiny treasures that have now washed ashore.”

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