Figment, the outdoor participatory weekend art party, kicked-off July 28 on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The two-day event that stretches through downtown Boston features hundreds of artists and thousands of participants.
Pictured: Zach Perlo, 14, of Arlington leapt across on of the Greenway’s sculptures during a live action roleplaying game.
Stretching along the greenway, there were giant sculptures, musicians, arts and crafts for the kids, and a number of installations. Although some of the art featured over the weekend was built Saturday, a lot of the projects don’t work without passer-bys pulling on knobs, turning dials, and adding their own flair to the creations.
To the left: Jenn Zawadzkas, 31, of Somerville and her creation “Collectivescope’’, a giant kaleidoscope filled with random objects contributed by onlookers.
This is the second year the event has been held in Boston. It was first started in Cambridge and a year later found its way onto the greenway, opening up the space for families, art lovers, and tourists.
To the left participants adventure in the “Chromadynamic Playground,’’ an installation that lets participants draw pictures and see how they change when exposed to different LED lights.
The pieces and performances that dotted the greenway Saturday varied between massive and complicated to simple and small, showing onlookers the diversity of the art and artists featured.
Pictured: Allan Donnelly, 29, of Cambridge and Randy Batchelor, 28, of Arlington worked on their wooden cod. Part of the Boston Burners, the artists will eventually transport their massive cod to Burning Man where it will meet a fiery end.
Saturday was all about art but many were there to have a little fun and meet other artists, fans, and share their work.
“It’s a day for people to bring their creative projects and just have fun,’’ said Jason Tugeon, the producer of the event. “We arrange the space and it’s a blank canvas.’’
Pictured: Chris Harris, 43, of Arlington discussed his project “Real Time Art Show’’ with XO Disorient of New York.
While Figment Boston will only be here this weekend, the event runs all day and well into the night with live music, art installations, and plenty to do. To find out more information visit www.boston.figmentproject.org.
Parents had plenty of fun Saturday but so did the kids.
Pictured: Shayna Hayes, 2, of Medford ad a little fun with “Neodya II,’’ a project by Bevan Weisman, 28, and Dan Sternof Beyer, 29, of Somerville.
Probably one of the biggest hits with the kids, the “Void’’ by Kaloyan Ivanov, 26 of Brooklyn had everyone wanting to participate.
Pictured: Zachary Graczyk, 10, and Sydney Cokkinos, 12, of Boston played with the giant spandex banner, which is part of the “Void.’’
Also a favorite with onlookers, the “Burning Moose’’ project allowed participants to leave their mark on a moose that will eventually burn at Burning Man.
Pictured: Gereon Fehlemann, 51, visiting from Germany left his mark on the moose.