Can’t afford Governors Ball tickets, but want to support the arts while having a blast outdoors? Check out Figment NYC this weekend! The annual festival—now celebrating its ninth year—is held at Governors Island and features more than 300 installations, sculptures and performances perfect for the kiddos and big kids alike.
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Some of the highlights include a live-action virtual reality piece called “Revenger of the Third,” which DNAinfo refers to as the “Pizza Rat Game.” You can volunteer to experience vermin life by sticking your body inside a head which resembles a rodent. Navigate your way through the subway tracks while collecting slices of ’za and other tantalizing trash on the platform.
There’s also the “Rainbow Mirror,” a video installation which splashes bright-colored lights on its subjects. You can bust a move and make a gif of yourself loving life inside a rainbow—just in time for Pride month! The playfulness doesn’t stop there—compete in a game of croquet with the Queen of Hearts in “Wonderland.” (Costumes are optional.) And catch ‘em all during a real-life Pokémon Go! activity. We’ll give you a hint: You’re looking for Pikachu.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Well, don’t fret if you can’t make it to the island this weekend: Two of the installations will be on display all summer long—like the artist-designed mini golf course.
The 2017 project titled “MINImalist GOLF” pays respects to experimental New York musicians (think John Cage and Philip Glass) who spearheaded two of the most influential music movements: minimalism and serialism. Check out renderings from the the mini golf course here.
The course is open weekdays from 10am to 5pm as well as weekends from 10am to 6pm until August 24th. For more news and information on Figment, study the website here.