Catopus and Howl Festival in Tompkins Square Park

Catopus by Rick Prol in Tompkins Square Park

As the Polis blog notes, the green of Tompkins Square Park was ringed by artwork for this weekend’s Howl Festival in the East Village.

Music included a performance on Saturday afternoon by The Little Death NYC featuring Moby – I ‘airballed’ the performance. Sorry, Mr. Moby.

(But I did enjoy his rant on caffeine on the Mobinator’s blog. Seems like he wants more drugs legalized.. good luck with that.)

My visit to the festival was Sunday afternoon and it felt like I missed the party.

A small crowd was gathered near the stage around 3 p.m. as a trio of rappers entertained. Obviously, they weren’t the headline act but they did their best to pump up their listeners.

Howl Festival Stage

Watchin the Show in Tompkins Square Park

My fav part of the festival was “the art around the park” as it was called. According to the Howl Festival website:

Over 140 painters paint together on a giant canvas that stretches around the park. Creativity and Community….PURE MAGIC!

It was great.. tons of different styles and ideas and all of it apparently created on the spot. Paint cans and brushes were “in use” on the 6 foot by 6 foot canvases as I walked the perimeter of the park like many others did.

Art Around The Park

Two Faces in the East Village

In fact, one artist (pictured below) was using krylon spray paint next to the blue cheese man at the weekly farmers’ market – where you can now get freshly painted blue cheese in addition to overpriced vegetables.

Spray Painting Legally in NYC

Krylon Art

If you’re reading this and it’s still Sunday, September 9, I recommend checking out the ring of art at Tompkins Square Park in New York City’s East Village… but you can hold off on buying any cheese you see.

Painting Complete

Paint Remnants


September 9th, 2007

Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City


  • 1. Patricia  |  September 12th, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Hi! The catopus was done by the famous east-village artist, Rick Prol. I thought it was the best piece of the festival. A lot of little kids loved that piece too and were taking pictures in front of it. He has a really cool website too: Check it out!


  • 2. East Village Podcasts Blog  |  September 12th, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for letting me know, Patricia!


  • 3. Karen  |  September 19th, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Very cool paintings!


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