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Artists lined up for FIGMENT Decatur at Agnes Scott Saturday


Artists lined up for FIGMENT Decatur at Agnes Scott Saturday

FIGMENT Decatur is a free participatory arts event happening August 1. Photo from FIGMENT Decatur Facebook.

FIGMENT Decatur is a free participatory arts event happening August 1. Photo from FIGMENT Decatur Facebook.

Artists are lined up for Saturday’s free interactive arts event called FIGMENT Decatur.

It’s taking place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Agnes Scott campus. As Decaturish previously reported, this is the first ever FIGMENT in the state of Georgia. The website says other FIGMENT events can be found in San Diego, Chicago, Washington, and Philadelphia, to name a few.

The FIGMENT site explains, “for one day only, we will transform the center quad of the Agnes Scott College campus into a large-scale collaborative artwork, and then it’s gone, without a trace.”

City of Decatur spokeswoman Casie Yoder said the event is appropriate for all ages. Yoder sent these descriptions of what participating artists, including Yoder herself:

Trapezoid by Jay Myers (Visual Art)

The project has two 3’x4′ panels, one of which is an interactive magnetic board which allows participants to manipulate words on the panel.

The Soapbox by Jessica Seales (Installation/Performance)

The project is a roughly 3 1/2 feet wide by 2 1/2 feet tall wooden box, built to stand alone and support a person’s weight. The box is painted with the word “SOAP” on all sides (like a traditional soapbox) and has a small megaphone chained to it (so the megaphone doesn’t disappear). The goal of the project is to encourage people to use the soapbox for whatever topic they see fit – serious, silly, happy, sad, etc – to tell their story.

Tell Me Who I Am…A 50 Year Journey by Christy Amador (Visual Art)

I’m a Woman, Artist, Professional, wife and mom who is quickly approaching 50 and I still don’t really know who I am. I will actually encourage visitors to become my “mirror” by inviting them to ask me ANY 3 questions and using that information to paint their perception of me on a large “canvas” (4’ x 8” piece of plywood, on a secure stand). It will initially painted white, with a simple, life-sized silhouette/outline of me, and I will be seated next to it (wearing something monochromatic). 

JoeKingATL by Joe Dreher (Visual Art)

Participants will have the opportunity to crown themselves with the joekingatl crown with this interactive sculpture and photo booth and can make a digital record of their participation in this event that will then be incorporated into a continually evolving project.

3D printed Spirograph by Decatur Makers (Activity)

Use an oversized 3D printed spirograph to make your own designs to take home.

Cornhole by Decatur Makers (Activity)

Play our trebuchet corn hole game.

Dance-A-Roke by Amanda Thompson (Dance)

You pick the song and dance out the lyrics. We provide fun props, costumes and music.

A Mad Tea Party by Casie Yoder (Activity)

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, there’s PLENTY of room at this tea party. Whether Dormouse, March Hare or Mad Hatter, you’ll pick a drinking vessel and engage in madness.

Eco Sculptures by Layi Taylor (Sculpture)

Eco-Sculptures, where others create sculptures from recyclable dry-cleaning hangers.

Abstract Foot Art by Layi Taylor (Visual Art)

Use shoe covers and water colour paints to create abstract art on a large canvas.

May I See Your Papers, Please? By Beacon Dance (Dance)

The Paper Project, is an experimental installation and performance work bringing together multiple art forms to address the core theme of identity.  In May I see your papers, please?, 5 movement artists will engage and entertain during the course of this 20 minute work.  Audiences will participate in a variety of ways in the performance, and will contribute to the performance sound score as well as the thematic content of the movement vocabulary.  

Peacock Tail by John D’ski (Visual Art)

This poor peacock needs some new tail feathers. Draw them!

Maze of Dreams by Planners (Activity)

Think about a time you were lost, how did you find your way out? What alludes you? What is waiting in your imagination to be expressed? Walk through a life size maze of a wall of plastic ribbons and attach your answers/images/dreams to the walls. Read the answers of those that have gone before you.

Laugh with Me by Asif Lakhani (Performance)

Join in with Asif as he tells some hilarious jokes.

Yoder noted the event time changed from what was initially advertised, ending at 1 p.m., instead of 3 p.m., because of heat concerns. She also recommended that attendees bring a refillable water bottle since there will be water on site, but nothing for sale. She said in an email,”it is a gift for the community to enjoy and participate in (and did I mention FREE??).”

Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.