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Sustainable signs of life on the Lower East Side

BY FELICIA YOUNG | Community culture and resilience in the age of COVID were on display in a physically distanced climate arts presentation at the recent LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) Harvest Arts Festival on Sat., Oct. 3.

The climate arts festival was socially distanced — people viewed the costumed participants through the gardens’ gates. (Photo by Rachel Elkind)
People viewing an East River Park spirit at the Earth Celebrations climate arts festival. (Photo by Rachel Elkind)
The East River Park spirit. (Photo by Rachel Elkind)

The event featured spectacular climate-solution costumes as living sculpture created by Earth Celebrations.

Local residents joined in touring the urban gardens jungle like a zoo — distanced and masked for safety — viewing the exhibition from outside the garden gates of La Plaza Cultural Garden (at the southwest corner of Ninth St. and Avenue C), 9th & C Community Garden (catty-corner from La Plaza) and 6th & Avenue B Garden.

A woman portraying Zero Waste at the climate arts festival. (Photo by Rachel Elkind)
A river-cleansing Mussel Woman at the Earth Celebrations climate arts festival. (Photo by Rachel Elkind)
Sustainable Development Goals. (Photo by Rachel Elkind)
Climate Consequences behind the gate…for now. (Photo by Rachel Elkind)

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