Rupturing from the hearts and dreams of New Yorkers is The Plastic Infinite, an urban barn raising. Prepare to birth a wondrous new landmark in downtown Manhattan.

Members of the public are invited to come together to design, construct and inhabit a temporary inflatable structure in Washington Square Park, New York City. In the tradition of “barn raising", where members of a community gather to build a structure for a new family, The Plastic Infinite is a collaborative event for the city.  The park will be transformed into a playground for creative exchange.

The NYU Program Board Performing Arts Committee has invited architect Usman Haque to design and oversee the construction of The Plastic Infinite. Haque has created a number of responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and mass-participation performances. His skills include the design of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life.
In addition to Mr. Haque, LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) will be contributing to the Plastic Infinite. LoVid overwhelms the senses with new media in their performances, videos, objects, and installations.

The event will be suitable for all ages, though a parent or guardian should accompany children under the age of ten. Members of the public may drop in at any time, and may stay for as long as they wish.  The structure will find a new use for old plastic bags, spliced together and inflated over a lightweight steel frame. Donations of clean, used plastic bags on the day of the event will be greatly appreciated. Materials will be processed and recycled at the end of the event.

The performance will begin the morning of Monday, April 30, 2007 at 10:00am in Teen Plaza of Washington Square Park (West 4th St., between Thompson St. and LaGuardia Pl.). Everyone is encouraged to join in the celebration at 6:00pm when, for the first time, the entire structure will be inflated. The event is free and open to the public.

For further press information, contact:
    Sarah Rogers                                    Jeff Sisson
    NYU Program Board Performing Arts     NYU Program Board Performing Arts
    330.815.0137                                    402.681.9401                              (Check one week in advance for rain dates)

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