Maybe you caught a glimpse of these creative kids, captured by photographer Chanda Hall, who turned themselves into wild, colorful, life-size works of art and paraded through Montclair Center on September 22. The parade was the finale for the two-day Art (Imitates Life, Imitates Art) project presented by Seed Artists in conjunction with the Montclair Public Library.
“This was our first time doing this, a test run, and we’re happy all the way around,” writes Seed Artists creative director Chris Napierala, adding that the kids were amazingly creative. “We put the materials on some tables–plaster cloth, foam insulation tubes, a license plate, leaves, paint, wire, paperbacks, cardboard boxes, earplugs, bubble wrap, and so on–and let them have at it to turn themselves into artworks. Their faces lit up when they realized they had free reign to create anything they wanted. They improvised, they collaborated…they controlled the process. And they–and we–really got a kick out of parading in front of all of the diners on Church Street.”
Plans are already in the works for an even bigger (full-on, close the streets) Art Parade. Stay tuned!
Check out Hall’s entire slideshow of the parade here