Participatory Art Flourishes in Fair Weather

Scenes From FIGMENT NYC 2019, Early in Lighthouse Park

David Stone
Wonder Kids met the day's theme, young people participate in handling art objects, getting the feel and touch that makes each original.
Wonder Kids met the day's theme, young people participate in handling art objects, getting the feel and touch that makes each original.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Mostly sunny skies and fair weather made a perfect opening for the first ever FIGMENT NYC on Roosevelt Island in Lighthouse Park. With crowds, mostly families, that never got too thick to dull the art, RIOC's community win for this major creative event delivered on its promise.

You were invited to remake yourself in costumes.
You were invited to remake yourself in costumes.
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If there was a downside - and there was - it was that a firm determination to steer everyone either onto buses or along the West Promenade to reach the park meant Main Street businesses could not benefit from the flow of visitors and highly praised artwork installed in the Motorgate Atrium went unseen by almost everyone.

 

... while the burro stood guard.
... while the burro stood guard.
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RIOC community liaisons, Erica Spencer-EL and Jessica Murray, added weekend duty to their workload... cheerfully.
RIOC community liaisons, Erica Spencer-EL and Jessica Murray, added weekend duty to their workload... cheerfully.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Throughout the day, visitors took advantage of a steady stream of red buses circulating between Tram, Subway and Lighthouse Park, a plan well-executed by RIOC. Subway and Tram traffic were manageable, but the MTA blew it, cancelling service north of the Roosevelt Island Bridge, a ridiculous overreaction that meant packing the red buses tighter.

Families streamed into Lighthouse Park all day, packing red buses and discovering Roosevelt Island.
Families streamed into Lighthouse Park all day, packing red buses and discovering Roosevelt Island.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

Always there to help, Judy Berdy, joined by Julia Chang, sold snacks along the West Promenade to raise money for Coler Hospital volunteer activities.
Always there to help, Judy Berdy, joined by Julia Chang, sold snacks along the West Promenade to raise money for Coler Hospital volunteer activities.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

Balls on the horizon gave Lighthouse Park different angles.
Balls on the horizon gave Lighthouse Park different angles.
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Outstanding planning and execution by RIOC and a coalition of city services made FIGMENT NYC 2019 as stress free as possible for visitors and residents.

Weightless streamers caught sun and a gentle breeze.
Weightless streamers caught sun and a gentle breeze.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

Historic walking tours, illustrated.
Historic walking tours, illustrated.
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Kids swing, inside and outside the boxes.
Kids swing, inside and outside the boxes.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

All roads lead to the Lighthouse.
All roads lead to the Lighthouse.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily
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