FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support.

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Astro Botanicals, "Space Plants" and Psychedelic Spirituality

A Conversation with Astro Botanicals artist Stan Clark Artists color our world through their creations. For FIGMENT artist Stan Clark, creator of Astro Botanicals, those creations are fantastical, hand-sewn, inflatable, botanical sculptures. “I’ve been making these inflatable sculptures for over five years,” Clark told us, recalling the efforts he put into building his business. “Events help it get off its feet,” he elaborated, “I do festivals and concerts.” In order to expand his project’s outreach, Clark has installed his inflatable sculptures at a variety of professional and volunteer community events around the...

Special PARTYcipation Artist Meet n' Greet!

Calling all Bay Area Artists, Volunteers, FIGMENT Oakland friends...You’re invited to our special PARTYcipation Meet & Greet Mixer on Wednesday, May 24! Join the FIGMENT Oakland core team on the patio at Temescal Brewing for housemade brews and popcorn. Meet and mingle with FIGMENT artists past and present, volunteers, friends, and the art-curious. Want to know what's up with being an artist at this year's FIGMENT? Want to learn about what FIGMENT is to begin with? If you’re considering submitting an art project, volunteering, or just want to learn more about how to support this fun and creative event, this...

Take a Step Into Urban Play with Illustreet

Above: Video still from Illustreet at FIGMENT Oakland 2015. Click for the video!  Outdoor events like Coachella,Burning Man, and Lightning in a Bottle have attracted increasingly massive, energetic crowds, drawn by music, community, and art. Each event centers around an escape from our fast-paced, urban lives, allowing us to indulge in a sort of urban play. The Coachella and Lighting in a Bottle festivals both feature big-name musical acts as their main draw, while at the...