April 03, 2011
This procession embarks from the UMMA
, and wends its way to W. Washington St.
Wow! The very first FoolMoon event was a crazy success — what a massive outpouring of creativity (HUNDREDS of people made their own luminary sculptures and brought them out to the street), soul-thumpin’ beats (big ups to Vulf Duo, JUICE, and the Third Coast Kings), and communal good cheer (everybody got on, you should forgive the expression, “swimmingly”)! I’m still recovering, even as I’m gearing up for today’s FestiFools event — see you on Main St. today at 4pm (sleet or shine).
Various shadowy characters were seen at the Constellation Station at the UMMA.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts theme semester
for Winter 2011 is water. Hence, the abundance of sea creatures. I especially love the lights (bubbles?) and fluorescent poster kiosk in the background of these images.
Sponsors were acknowledged in the most extraordinary way: buckets were outfitted with flashlights and covered with gobos (or stencils) allowing the sponsors’ names to be projected onto nearby surfaces, persons, buildings, etc. I love that FestiFools came up with such an imaginative, appropriately Foolish, and frankly beautiful way to thank its sponsors (talk about glowing praise).
Pulled out my fish-eye lens just in time to capture the procession walking by the Fishbowl.
Entering the Nickels Arcade. I feel as though I’m standing on the bottom of a huge aquarium and looking up at the fish swimming in the water above me.
So much of the event was beautifully surreal.
Luminaries enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear night sky on W. Washington Street.
This giant orange and yellow fish nibbled on everything it could get its animated lips on. | I coulda sworn this guy told me that he wasn’t wearing a transformed juice container, but rather “drier lint.” The best response I could muster was: “And I’m talking to my water heater
.” | The hair designers from Orbit
were busy creating luminous coifs.
The full Orbit crew.
Because FoolMoon was a nighttime event, all kinds of cool things with light and shadow were possible: Films projected onto buildings. | The sponsor gobos in action. | A multi-tiered, hat with backlit transparent images. | Patrick Elkins’s shadow puppets. | Colorful figures projected onto white umbrellas. | Before mysteriously disappearing down the alley.
Local puppeteer Patrick Elkins in action.
Taking in the wondrous view as I attempt the trek to the other end of W. Washington.
Another breathtaking view of Washington Street. I can hear music, but I can’t quite see it yet.
Here’s the stage! And just in time to catch the end of JUICE’s set.
The Third Coast Kings are one tight outfit! If you dig James Brown, then this is an act you’ll appreciate. And if you don’t dig James Brown — well, I can’t even fathom such a contingency.
So, so lovin’ the Third Coast Kings.
U-M students Meryl Waldo and Aislinn Frantz. | FestiFools’ creative director Mark Tucker has forsaken traditional bling, opting instead to simply wear a canister of money around his neck. | Max (looking extra tall and slim thanks to lens distortion) enjoys the Third Coast Kings minutes before we whisk him away to bed!