Remember that time we tried to solve Occupy Wall Street? Those were the days. Anyway, last week an art project/protest of sorts played table tennis against a Bank of America building:
[The] table-tennis face-off was part of the Midtown Games, the work of the New York-based artist Zefrey Throwell….Participants in the table-tennis caper received specific instructions only the day before and were told not to post the information on Twitter or discuss the plan before the tournament’s 1 p.m. start time.
“Midtown is the most hated neighborhood in New York City,” Throwell said. “I came up with this project for New Yorkers to reclaim this area of town.”
Apparently the Midtown Games have been going on longer than Occupy Wall Street, but swimming in fountains and sprinting down the street and they’ve had about as much success at taking back midtown as the Occupy Movement has at shutting down Wall Street.
Either way, the group got noticed: by security, the cops, and Bank of America employees who told the approximately 100 players in the midst of their tournament to leave. Medals, in classic protest form, were tossed to the remaining participants, and whoever caught them were deemed the winners and enjoyed their cardboard prizes.
This may not have been a particularly productive or successful protest, but it’s tough to not support people whose excuse for participating is “I’m here to see New York and I love Ping-Pong. Why not?”
Via New York Times