85th and 5th

85th and 5th

 

Successful spaces flourish because of the people in them. They are not pass through spaces, but destinations. In Manhattan these public spaces are desired and they are rare. Central Park seems to be feeding the needs of successful urban relief to an entire city. That being said, this is an ode to the 85th street bubble artist and street performers everywhere.

Walking along 5th Avenue just past The Met I started to see these massive colorful blobs rising above the fauna. Upon entering the park, I saw a crowd, I couldn't help myself and suddenly I had pushed my way to the front. Kids ran around in awe, teenagers took pictures to post on Instagram and adults took in the show watching the bubbles float away to their impending pop while thinking, should I tip??

The show is simple – one man, some soap, some water, and some sort of stick and rope apparatus. The simplest act of blowing bubbles becomes a display and the space where the paths converge becomes a stage.

Below are some other cities where bubble artists have been spotted.

Berlin, Germany:

Barcelona, Spain:

 
For the Love of Where You Step

For the Love of Where You Step

Symphonic Streets

Symphonic Streets