Power Of The Puppets: The Story Behind Ann Arbor's Annual Street Art Spectacle
89. 1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the original creator of the annual Ann Arbor public art event...
Friday at sunset, thousands of people will gather near Ashley and Washington Street in Ann Arbor wearing hand-made, often light-up costumes to shake off the winter blues and bring out their inner "fool."
The event was originally created by Ann Arbor artist Mark Tucker. He leads a University of Michigan class of students who make some of the costumes with the help of community volunteers. Then on Sunday, a big public art spectacle known as FestiFools takes place.
Tucker says that will include a special creation intended to include some political artistic commentary.
"We’re building a wall in the middle of the street this year and we’re having people write their wish-fool thoughts on the wall before it gets built, but then it might actually have some puppets come along…" says Tucker.
He says their intention is to send a message in a light-hearted, ironic way.
This year's event theme is "wish-fool thinking."
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