On the afternoon of Sunday, October 30, 2011, a group of artists came together to create art in a privately-owned public space (POPS) at 835 Avenue of the Americas (located behind the Hotel Eventi).
In the first event of its kind, artists used a POPS as their workspace and gallery, creating and displaying semi-permanent and ephemeral artworks that spoke to our nation’s current financial crisis, unemployment rates, and particularly to how deeply entangled the public and private spheres have become.
Organizers and artists engaged with a larger community to make this event possible, and artists were asked to use as many recycled materials as they could in their projects. Any other necessary materials were purchased using small cash donations from supporters.
Much like the Occupy Wall Street movement, this inaugural event by the POPS Art Project sought to foster conversation about the state of our nation and possibilities for change by creating an example of ecstatic community.
Participating artists were Moth de la Cruz, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Scherezade Garcia, Felix Morelo, and Robert Dandarov. Images of their works are catalogued on our Facebook page and our Tumblr blog. All works were left in place at the end of the day.