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The Art of Moving Boxes

Thursday, April 21, 2011

For a little over two hours Thursday in Union Square, multicolored boxes joined the tourists, skateboarders and local business people milling about in the sunshine. Brooklyn-based artist Arielle Falk created the boxes for a project called "De-INHIBITIONATORS."

Inside the various rectangles, Falk enlisted friends and hired performers to step into the box and move around the southern corner of Union Square. Check out a slideshow of the project and see what bystanders had to say below.

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"Are they art? Because people aren't asking for money, so that's the only thing I can think it is," said Liz Maynard, of Toronto.
Sometimes, the boxes looked on as other people, like Nick Long (seen here, mid-flip) did their art.
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Sometimes, the boxes looked on as other people, like Nick Long (seen here, mid-flip) did their art.
The project was a big hit with the younger set, like Elena and Clayton Prisament.
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The project was a big hit with the younger set, like Elena and Clayton Prisament. "They're like paintings," Elena commented to her mother in Spanish.
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"I don't know if they mean anything," said Massachusetts visitor Annie Longley, "but I'm getting a kick out of them."
Performer Jacob Berger from the Bronx was inside one of the boxes.
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Performer Jacob Berger from the Bronx was inside one of the boxes. "I actually got a couple girls' phone numbers," he said. "They can see how handsome I am, even through the box."
Virginia-based author Phaedra Hise was passing through.
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Virginia-based author Phaedra Hise was passing through. "I like the way they're spinning around as they're moving," she said. "They look a little lost and confused. It's kind of cute, actually."

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