Art walk in Prospect Park puts poetry in motion

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Finding art in Brooklyn is as easy as a walk in the park.

The latest walking-centric art tour from Todd Shalom will challenge pedestrians to look at Prospect Park in a whole new way.

“I don’t want to give away too much of what we’ll do. We’ll do things like make a big shadow to give the sidewalk a break from the heat,” said Shalom, whose Aug. 21, 23, and 28 tours are called “Fabstracti­ons.” “Then we’ll make the biggest shadow we can with our bodies.”

For the past two years, the artist and his friends have organized creative, interactive walks all over the city.

Not a stranger to minutiae, Shalom studied poetry in college, but quickly decided he wanted to move beyond the written word.

“I wanted to do something that was a bit more in dialogue with people,” said Shalom.

His group, Elastic City, aims to create a “poetic exchange” between the walkers and their environment and foster new sensations that are often missing in the everyday stroll.

Taking his inspiration from the acoustic ecology movement of the 1960s, which encouraged people to use sound to understand their environment, Shalom has organized more than a dozen art walks — some lead by other artists and held in destinations as far away as Berlin, Reykjavik, and Detroit.

“Fabstracti­ons” at Prospect Park (43 Lincoln Rd. at Flatbush Avenue, Aug. 21, 23 and 28, $20.

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Reader Feedback

Mickey Shea from Greenpoint says:
This guy sounds like a screwball.
Aug. 14, 2012, 3:53 pm
DHS from Queens says:
Must be nice being able to play with human shadow puppets in the park in the middle of the day on a Tuesday.
Aug. 14, 2012, 4:26 pm
Chawlvis from Bed Stuy says:
Finding pretentious nonsense in Brooklyn is far easier than it ought to be.
Aug. 14, 2012, 4:34 pm
Todd S from PLG says:
Unfortunately, there was miscommunication between me and the journalist and I'm hoping to have this article corrected. All of the quotes about shadows pertain to a walk that Elastic City presented last season by Chiara Bernasconi entitled, "We and our Shaaadows." My walk, "Fabstractions" invites participants to create nighttime performances together in response to the park's imagery. They are two very different walks.

Another correction--Elastic City has presented over 50 walks by over 50 artists. Thanks.

To Chawlvis, as for this as 'pretentious nonsense,' I'm sorry that you feel that way. Have you ever been on one of our walks? I strive to make these walks accessible to all--I'd love for you to attend one and then let me know if you still feel the same way. Email me at for a free spot.
Aug. 16, 2012, 1:25 am

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