DUMBO — More than 300 artists from all over the world have been chosen to participate in this year's DUMBO Arts Festival, organizers have announced.
Artwork ranges from digital animation and floating swimming noodles, to photography inside shipping containers and light shows projected on DUMBO's industrial brick walls.
“The 17th Annual DUMBO Arts Festival offers an extraordinary opportunity to experience and discover art outside the standard gallery and museum setting,” festival director Lisa Kim said in a statement. “The work is experimental and interactive and will be sure to engage everyone who comes to experience the festival.”
The three-day event is expected to draw more than 200,000 people and take place in the shops, streets, building walls, parks and alleyways of DUMBO.
Festival highlights include a replica of an ancient ship that will arrive by sea and dock where festival-goers can view its colorful sails made from hundreds of paintings created by New York City-area school kids. The "Ship of Tolerance" has traveled all over the world, displaying artwork from local children at each of its stops. This will be its New York City debut.
"The Brooklyn Lawn Quilt" is an interactive art project where participants can grab a brightly painted canvas picnic blanket and chill out on the lawns of Brooklyn Bridge Park. While picnickers choose their location and get comfortable, a camera placed on the Manhattan Bridge will film the process. In the end, video footage will show the patterns that groups create with their blankets.
Additionally, the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC will perform "Concrete Justice," a performance by actors with firsthand experience of being homeless.
Throughout the weekend there will also be the chance to see a group of 20 moving sculptures that will descend upon Pier 1, plus video and multimedia works that look at issues of labor, identity and place.
Also, a new mural project on walls under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be showcased during the festival.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the DUMBO Arts Festival webpage.