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DUMBO Arts Festival Kicks Off In Brooklyn

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The 17th annual DUMBO Arts Festival kicks off in Brooklyn Friday night and runs through Sunday evening, offering free indoor and outdoor activities for visitors to experience the visual and performing arts. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

Artist Kim Holleman uses pool noodles to create a new work of art in the East River, in a creative response to Hurricane Sandy.

"I wanted to bring people back the the waterfront and back to the shore and give them a happy visual aesthetic that sort of de-marks the shoreline, but also brings people back to the water and reminds us all that the waterfront is something really special that we have in our community," Holleman said.

More than 300 artists are showing their work during the three day DUMBO Arts Festival, with venues scattered throughout the neighborhood.

"This arts festival is really a celebration of the neighborhood. There's artwork that's inspired by the setting, inspired by the history of the neighborhood, inspired by specific architectural or natural features in the neighborhood," said Festival Director Lisa Kim.

Artist Grayson Cox has created a new sculpture that he expects will be a big hit with the cell phone camera crowd.

"People can come to the park, recline in, take photos of each other in and post to the Internet," Cox said.

Katy Rubin's "Theatre of the Oppressed" will put on an outdoor show with homeless New Yorkers. Audience participation is encouraged.

"And we will, as we always do, invite the audience right there on the street after the show to interact with the actors and try out some of the scenes and see if the can offer some alternatives to the problem," Rubin said.

In the festival lounge, located at Plymouth and Main streets, there are several works visitors can climb inside, including the "Comet Contemplation Center," which allows people to lean back and enjoy fabric that's been printed and dyed to look like the night sky.

For more information, visit dumboartsfestival.com.

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