Taking Back the Streets: International Pillow Fight Day
We have written before that our cities are public space, not just an infrastructure to get you from store to workplace to home but something that has been designed for pleasure, culture and enrichment of our lives. We have posted often about Lori Kufner and Kevin Bracken, who have organized pillow fights and subway parties in Toronto and New York. It has gone worldwide and is now the urban playground movement. This past weekend there were massive pillow fights in 30 cities around the world, from Atlanta to Zurich.
Thousands battled it out in New York's Union Square, shown above. It must have left a big mess; Lori and Kevin tell us that "the general lack of volunteerism means that next year, we are asking people to eliminate their feather pillow usage unless they clean up afterward. Again, please DO NOT bring a feather pillow to next year's pillow fight unless you clean up at least two pillows worth of feathers before you leave."
Fabulous video set to music., more videos here and a flickr set here
The goal of the Urban Playground Movement: "to make these unique happenings in public space become a significant part of popular culture, partially replacing passive, non-social, branded consumption experiences like watching television, and consciously rejecting the blight on our cities caused by the endless creep of advertising into public space. The result, we hope, will be a global community of participants, not consumers, in a world where people are constantly organizing and attending these happenings in every major city in the world." ::International Pillow Fight Day