Flaming Cactus transforms lampposts with fluorescent colored cable ties. A play on function and formality, it creates something of beauty out of everyday items. We wanted to show that making art doesn’t require a lot of resources, formal education, or even money. Art and creativity are things we’re all capable of.
Originally 4 poles were created for the FIGMENT Arts Festival on Governors Island in 2011. The project was then picked up by the New York City Department of Transportation as part of their Summer Streets program, where it more than tripled in size to 14 poles. Now, in partnership with the Hudson Square BID, a new 23 poles are being brought to life along Spring Street in the Hudson Square neighborhood of New York.