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IN LIVING COLOR: Ziggy & The Color Factory

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

On a sun-drenched Saturday, I admired the beautiful autumn colors as I walked through the park to the Light Rail. I decided to check out a pop-up interactive art exhibition called The Color Factory at 251 Spring Street in NYC. Originally, it ran for eight and a half months in 2017 in San Francisco but now was debuting in New York. I didn't know what to expect. Would it be cheesy? Too gimmicky? But, it was an astonishing, all immersive experience. The layout was brilliantly comprised of brightly, colored rooms with each themed around the concept of a color. The staff was friendly and enthusiastic as attendees gleefully explored each room. The cheerful atmosphere is tailor made for Instagram, SnapChat moments. In fact, they have cameras that will take photos of you and forward them to you later. Cool, right? And get this, they have a giant, ball pit, where you can dive, flip and roll around. It took me about 45 minutes to go through all of the rooms. I totally suggest The Color Factory as an idea for a cool date or family outing.

Afterwards, I headed down to the South Street Seaport to take advantage of the warm weather. Once I got off the train, I made my way further down town. When I arrived at 200 Water Street, I saw a phenomenal installation. I did a quick Google search to find out more about it. I discovered that the piece's name was... Ziggy!!! It was designed by award winning architecture and design studio named Hou de Sousa. The article said that Ziggy's linear elements were lightweight, visually transparent and impervious to wind. But the hook for me was the sentence that read... it uses cords tied to the steel structure to illuminate whimsical, colored lights at night. Ohhh, really? Since it was late afternoon, I decided to continue to the Seaport and then return at sunset when I was on my way back home to New Jersey. When I returned in the evening, there were a crowd of about 15 people posing around Ziggy and snapping pictures. Heading back home, I felt exhilarated after spending a vibrant day... IN LIVING COLOR.

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