For four days hundreds of New Yorkers visited Creativity Cubed workshops at Astor Place to design and craft miniature spinning replicas of Tony Rosenthals Alamo sculpture, as well as share their personal stories with the Strangers Project and read the stories of thousands of others.
Creativity Cubed was the first of several events by the Village Alliance to celebrate the new Astor Place, the highly anticipated return of the Alamo sculpture, popularly known as the cube and the return of the mosaic trail lamp poles, lovingly restored by the Mosaic Man, Jim Powers.
Visitors of all ages took the opportunity create their own spinning cube from card and paper and then decorate their cubes with precut shapes replicating the indentations on the actual cube, before coloring and personalizing their cube. The final step of the cube creating involved mounting the cube on a three-foot wood pole tethering it with elastic to make the cube spin and bounce up and down the pole.
The workshop concept was designed and created by the Processional Arts Workshop, the creative minds behind the giant puppets in the Greenwich Village Halloween parade, and who helped visitors design and personalize cubes from the surreal to the sublime. Check out some of the cube creations in our Facebook gallery!
Hundreds of people also took the opportunity to share their story with the Strangers Project, a concept created by Brandon Doman in 2009, since then over 18,000 personal and moving stories have been shared spontaneously and anonymously in New York and 60 other U.S. cities. Over the four days on Astor Place many visitors shared personal stories specific to their Astor Place and cube memories, and times of days past on the lower eastside. In the coming weeks some of these anonymous stories will shared on the Astor Place website and Facebook pages.
There is plenty more happening on Astor Place in the coming months including twice weekly fitness classes on the Alamo Plaza, powered by DavidBartonGym and in September, Astor Alive! a major three-day music and performing arts festival in September. For more information on Astor Place events visit the new Astor Place website and Facebook page.