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Pity the Fools: Public artwork asks people to get foolish with it

East Village artist Tom Manco was back at it again, recently riffing on April Fool’s Day.

He set up another cardboard creation — jumbo-size letters spelling out “FOOL” — beside his usual backdrop, the Tompkins Square Park Temperance Fountain. The letters of the Reynolds Wrapped structure also spell “FOIL.”

(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

Making it an interactive artwork, he provided markers and post-its and asked parkgoers to post a note on “The Fool,” answering the question, “What Is The Most Foolish Thing You Have Ever Done?”

(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

Responses ranged from smoking and cocaine to not appreciating oneself more to mistakenly going on a date with a person’s twin.

The fun public artwork fittingly bore the trademark slogan of Mr. T from 1980s TV fame, “I pity the fool.”

As of Saturday, “The Fool” was still there collecting post-its.

(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

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