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Artists' 'Bold' Ideas Sought for Governors Island's Mini-Golf Course

By Irene Plagianos | January 21, 2014 7:24am
 FIGMENT art festival is calling for proposals for its Governors Island minigolf course for the 2014 summer season.
FIGMENT Mini-Golf on Governors Island
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GOVERNORS ISLAND — Mini-golf developers are hoping artists will score a hole-in-one.

FIGMENT, a nonprofit arts organization, is seeking proposals for its seventh annual artist-designed mini-golf course on Governors Island. Each artist will design one of the 18 holes.

This year, FIGMENT is asking those who submit designs to interpret the theme “New York City Now."

“We have a new mayor in our city for the first time in 12 years, and we now have an opportunity to reevaluate and reimagine what our city is all about,” the organization wrote in its call for proposals.

“We invite you to realize the New York City that exists in your imagination, through the populist medium of mini-golf!”

A jury will evaluate designs, due March 1, on creativity, durability, adherence to theme, budget, feasibility and community involvement. FIGMENT will then provide the winning artists with some funding to build their designs (last year, each hole cost less than $1,000 to build).

The popular, summer-long and free mini-golf course has become a way for FIGMENT to achieve its mission of building community through participatory art, the organization said.

“We have found that artist-designed mini-golf provides a great template on which artists can envision a creative framework in which others can interact,” the organization wrote.

“For the visitor to the island, mini-golf provides a basic point of entry to participatory art: It’s easy for almost anyone to pick up a golf club, ball and scorecard and interact with the art!”

For more information about the design competition, visit FIGMENT.org.