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FIGMENT Sculpture Garden piece by Animus Art Collective is picked up by DOT for Summer Streets

Flaming Cactus,” a piece created by the Animus Arts Collective for FIGMENT 2011 season-long Sculpture Garden, has been chosen by NYC’s Department of Transportation for their “Summer Streets” program, August 6, 13, & 20.

Flaming Cactus creates something of beauty out of everyday items. Animus transforms city lampposts – by nature cold and utilitarian – into something colorful, whimsical and artistic by wrapping them in brightly colored cable ties. Because of the way that they are linked, the ‘tails’ of the cable ties stick out, creating the effect of ‘cactus needles’ protruding from the ‘trunk’ of the lamppost. 12+ Flaming Cactuses will sprout up in and around Astor Place for the month of August.

Animus co-founder, Preston Dane says, “Our hope is to show that adding art to a community or space doesn’t require a lot of resources, formal education, or even money. Creativity is something we’re all capable of.”

Animus is a New York City based arts collective that specializes in large sculptural work. Summer Streets 2011 is a NYC DOT initiative that, for the fourth year in a row, will temporarily close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles and open it up to people on three consecutive Saturdays in August (August 6, 13, & 20). Summer Streets takes a valuable public space – our City’s streets – and opens them up to people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Summer Streets provides more space for healthy recreation and is a part of NYC’s greening initiative by encouraging New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation.

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