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Art walk in Prospect Park puts poetry in motion • Brooklyn Paper

Art walk in Prospect Park puts poetry in motion

Just me and my shadow: Todd Shalom will lead an interactive art walk in Prospect Park, where he plans to have participants make a giant shadow.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

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, www.elastic-city.org). Aug. 21, 23 and 28, $20.

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