came to First Night Boston 2014
on New Year’s Eve!
I participated and posted here
and on flickr
First Night is an annual celebration of the new year right in the heart of Boston, from Boston Common to Copley Square. For the first time FIGMENT was a part of the festivities, adding an imaginative, participatory, public art to the festivities.Enjoy!Greg :^)
On New Year’s Eve, 7:30 p.m. to midnight, FIGMENT Boston
celebrated with our creative community and First Night Boston
helping to make a special, event within an event, and an experience like no other before in Boston. FIGMENT First Night
was a warm, bright light in the heart of the city with fire performances and innovative, participatory art projects that sparked your imagination!
FIGMENT demonstrates what the arts can be: interactive, creative and free, born from the desire to share imagination and invention between artists and the public. FIGMENT First Night took place on the Boston Common
, publicly accessible and ideally located near the Park Street MBTA station and dozens of major attractions in downtown Boston. In keeping with the spirit of FIGMENT, FIGMENT First Night is completely free and open to the public.
ART PROJECTS you will see in this Gallery:Riskeeball
– What could possibly be better than Skee Ball? How about fire-erupting Skee Ball topped with air horns to signal special game modes?!
- Seth Hardy
- Jesse Campbell
– an interactive fire sculpture that manifests participants’ movements and gestures into bursts of different colored flames!
- Project Coordinator/Artist – Lillian
- Created by Ethan Garner, Chris Linder, David Dowling, Joel Greenwood, Ecco Pierce, Charlotte McFarland, and Ben Chun
an interactive sonic fireplace that changes shape and dances in concert with sound.
- Video Bleep - a dome with 360 degree video projections and surround sound creating an immersive audio-visual experience.
- Nick Colangelo, Vermin Street
- Aurelio Ramos
- Courtney Jane Brown Dabu
- Ian Lippincott
- Jeff Matson
- Jenn Zawadzkas
- Jessica Marcus
- Jim Ankrom
- Melinda Green
- Michael Dewberry
- Nathan Lachenmyer
- Nicole Barron
- Rachel Boyce
- Russell Azzalina
- a psycho-strobic animated sculpture with 16 moths flapping and flying overhead, playing tricks with your senses so they appear as one. Quetzalcoatl
– an interactive sculpture of the Aztec God,
a feathered, flying serpent purported to have a hand in the creation and destruction of the universe. Waterlily Sky
- Look up into the sky and you will find the same movement and sensations that you would looking down upon a pond. Suspended from a tree on the Boston Common, there will be a mobile with glowing waterlilies. Fire Safely
- In this interactive light installation, you manipulate the “fire” with your movements.
- Artists – Melinda Green & Nathan Lachenmyer
– an interactive installation allowing participants to make their own light and sound performance by dancing and stepping into the different colored squares. Galactic Night -
On the Common at night there are two separate sources of light – the eternal points of light in the sky and the temporary lights of our earthbound creation. Arc Lights
- First Night revelers walking into the Common will be captivated by this fanciful, interactive sculpture that turns the pedestrians’ movements into dancing fireflies and shimmering star flights! Light Tubes
– a forest of light tubes for us to wander through on the Boston Commons. Sandtrap
– a glowing sandbox for kids of all ages to express themselves creatively in a collaborative and visually engaging setting.
Choose Your Own Fairy Tale
- Artist – Nathan Lachenmyer
- The Dark Follies, a troupe of six musicians and four variety show performers, will present two of Grimm’s Fairy Tales as street performances that include live music, song, dance, and flow arts.
- Artist – J. Grandbois, Dark Follies
- facilitates a space for strangers to come together and build something new out of large glowing blocks. Participants can photograph their unique structures and submit them to Builtogether (builtogether.tumblr.com/submit
) so they can appear on a live blog
– Performers will offer the service of warmth via handcrafted heat harnesses mounted on their bodies. Temporeal
- an ongoing project that explores the animation of otherwise mundane and static material by applying the concept of the wagon-wheel effect in a sculptural format. Trees of Life -
explores the magical sculptural, educational, expressive and interactive life of trees wrapped in large skins of vividly colored Lycra/Spandex painted to glow in the dark. Baby Carriage
- a giant, 10ft tall baby carriage that’s pedal powered! Land Rover Chalk Safari -
Gather around and bring the heat of the African Savannah into the cold, dark, New England Winter. Fish Car -
made of recycled metal and wood and a recycled 1990 Dodge Omni saved from the crusher.
- Artist – William Turville