12. Lighthouse Beam on Roosevelt Island

Photograph by Tom Aellen, Courtesyof FIGMENT NYC

During the first weekend in June, Roosevelt Island’s Lighthouse Park will be transformed into an outdoor art wonderland as FigmentNYC takes over. The weekend long affair is a free participatory event “that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream.” The event will include a variety of works from different artists.

One of the biggest installations appearing at the festival is Phillip Krebb’s Lighthouse Beam. Lighthouse Beam colorfully interprets the Four Freedoms, as laid out in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s address, and features Krebb’s often used medium of giant inflated balloons. Each freedom is represented by a different color on the balloons, which are arranged in a single line to represent a beam of light extending from the lighthouse. Lighthouse Beam precedes a large scale project, Flying Freedoms, which Krebbs anticipates for the Fall of 2020, which will cover the entire Four Freedoms Park as well as Southpoint Park in giant colorful balloons.