• Making ofThe Making of: Flaming Cactus
  • 52000 tiesIt started with over 52,000 zip ties
  • 5 colors5 bright colors
  • 20 volunteersAnd 17 volunteer artist
  • 24 poles24 poles along Spring Street, Little 6th Ave and the Urban Plaza
  • Spring St24 poles along Spring Street, Little 6th Ave and the Urban Plaza
  • last tieSecuring the final zip tie of the Flaming Cactus
  • aerial view

Volunteers and Artists came to Hudson Square to decorate the streets with a temporary public art exhibit called “Flaming Cactus.”  Artist Preston Dane from Animus Arts Collective used over 55,000 zip ties to cover 24 light poles along Spring Street, the park at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue and the Trump SoHo Urban Plaza.  The Flaming Cactus is an effort to use innovation to create art from inexpensive, everyday materials.  The public art is an alternative take on holiday decoration for the neighborhood filled with advertising and media companies.  As with most public art, the Flaming Cactus is a great piece of sidewalk discussion.

On Tuesday, December 6th the Connection will host a “Cactus Lighting” party.  The decorated lamp posts in the Trump SoHo Urban Plaza on Spring Street will be brightly lit from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Guests can enjoy free live music from the Xylopholks and hot apple cider and refreshments courtesy of Quattro Gastronomia Italiana.

The Connection will host a raffle with a grand prize for a “stay-cation” at the Trump SoHo.  The “stay-cation” package includes a one night weekend stay for the winner and one guest in a King size deluxe guest room and a 45 minute Turkish Hamman experience.  To enter the raffle guests must bring a new, unwrapped toy as part of Manhattan Mini Storage’s annual toy drive to support the Partnership for the Homeless.  From now until the event the Hudson Square Pharmacy will give an additional discount on toys when you show the Connection Card.

Stop by the plaza for a night of music, charity, and public art!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Rain Date: Wednesday the 7th
5:30- 7:30 pm
Urban Plaza at Spring Street between 6th Ave and Varick Street
Live Music and Refreshments

Guests may bring up to 5 toys to enter the raffle.  To see full rules and regulations for the “stay-cation” raffle, click here.

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