This weekend we were walking around in the East Village and noticed an entire building had been taken over by umbrellas:
You can see from the photo above that even the awning has been painted with an umbrella image; ditto the scaffolding (just out of sight in these photos). I’m not exactly sure what’s going on, but according to a sign on the side of the building, known as “The Umbrella Building,” this display has been an annual “exhibit” since 1994 to “show support for the Louisaida squatter movement.”
Interestingly, art and umbrellas together is nothing new to the East Village, which has been home to Umbrella Arts (located on East 9th) for many years. Maybe Umbrella Arts owners Mary Ann Fahey and Margaret Bodell can use this as some sort of publicity generator?
Well, it’s raining today, so I guess at least you’ll know where to find an umbrella when the downpour starts.