Only Two Weekends Left to Enjoy All Things Governors Island!


This weekend is the last chance to enjoy FIGMENT’s season long exhibits, including mini golf!

This weekend is the last chance to enjoy FIGMENT’s season long exhibits, including mini golf!

Below are some of this weekend’s programs!

FIGMENT Summer-Long Installations, 12pm to 5:30pm, Parade Ground

All weekend enjoy the interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course, City of Dreams Pavilion, and the Treehouse on the the Parade Ground.

4 Heads Art Fair, Weekends in September, All Day, Building 111, Colonels Row and Nolan Park 
Indulge your curiosity by exploring the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair, 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance art. Run by artists, for artists, New York’s largest independent exhibition enters its 6th year this fall. 4heads’ programs are tailored to serve the under-resourced, attracting hidden culture and fostering community through collaborative expression.


LMCC Open Studios, DD Dorvillier, Sunday, September 22   4 PM – 5 PM
LMCC invites viewers to an open studio to see a collection “in process” of Dorvillier’s past work, which has been categorized and catalogued according to different themes and frames. Her dancers will present a collection of these “steps” (titled A catalogue of steps) as part of her larger project A Diary of an Image.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy  presented by The International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York, 12pm to 6pm, Building 19


In collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, ICP presents an exhibition of photographs of the damage and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Drawn from an open call for submissions from the public that has drawn over 5,000 submissions, the exhibition includes work from professional photographers as well as community members and bystanders who photographed the effects of the devastating storm and the subsequent recovery efforts.

Fête Paradiso, 10:30pm to 6:30pm, Nolan Park

For the first time in the US, a spectacular collection of vintage French carnival rides is open to the public here on Governors Island! The Parisian experience is free to visitors both young and old at this magnifique fairground festival complete with French music and cuisine!

Remember, the East River Ferry is a great way to get from Queens, Brooklyn and Midtown to Governors Island. Check the full schedule to plan your next trip!

Free Kayaking, Saturday, 11am to 5pm, Pier 101

Brought to you by the Downtown Boathouse, enjoy some fun time out on the water with this summery activity featuring beautiful views of New York Harbor!


This Weekend on Governors Island: 4 Chambers Orchestra, FIGMENT, and More!

Courtesy 4 Chambers

This weekend, on Governors Island, experience a dance performance like never before as Jody Oberfelder transforms the corridors of Governors Island into metaphoric arteries and veins allowing audiences to intimately monitor their own hearts. For reservations, contact: on or after July 3rd or visit for more information.

Out on the Parade Ground, the art experience continues with FIGMENT!  The summer-long installations include a Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course, City of Dreams Pavilion and the Treehouse, back by popular demand for the third year.  These expansive and interactive exhibits are appreciated by kids and adults alike, with inspiration taken from  the infinite possibilities of the imagination 

Other Events:

  • Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program: 11am to 3 pm, All Season, Nolan Park
    Join CMA’s Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. For more information
  • Rising Tide presented by the Sculptors Guild, 11 am to 5 pm, Nolan Park, Building 19
    Almost nine months after Hurricane Sandy, artists across the region are still putting the pieces of their lives back together. This show will acknowledge rising tides of all stripes (political, social, psychological) in the hope of drawing attention to the new forms that result.
  • WWII & NYC: Photography and Propaganda, Presented by the New York Historical Society, 10am to 6:30pm, Nolan Park, Building 18
    This exhibition paints a vivid picture of life in war-mobilized New York, when virtually every industry, institution and home was transformed into a venture to support Allied victory.
  • Terreform ONE: Governors Hook Urbaneering Exhibit, All Day, Building 110
    Check out LMCC’s art center exhibit portraying future innovative architecture, urban design and landscapes. For more information visit:
  • Empire Historic Arts presents Shipwrecked! A History of Maritime Disasters in NYC Harbor, All Day, Nolan Park, Building 20B
    “Shipwrecked!” provides thousands of visitors to Governors Island an inside look at local maritime mayhem using artifacts pulled up from the depths of New York City’s harbors and related sea and sailor materials.
  • Better Than Jam: Handmade Gifts Shop, 11am to 6pm, Nolan Park, Building 16
    The Brooklyn boutique of all locally handmade products brings the creations of New York City’s most talented artists and crafters to the beautiful and historic houses of Nolan Park.
  • Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, 11am to 5pm, Nolan Park, Building 20A
    Mü-Math returns for its second summer on Governors Island with a baker’s dozen of “hands on, minds on” brain stumpers designed to engage children from 8 to 80.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Presents Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island,11am to 5pm, Building 110
    LMCC and its artists-in-residence welcome audience to discover new artists, engage in the artistic process and simply enjoy the art in this stunning setting this summer.  For more information visit
  • Pop Up Library presented by Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library, 12pm to 6pm, Green next to Building 114
    Within New York City’s portable outdoor reading room, visitors will be provided with books, children’s programs and learning activities.

For the complete list of programs coming to Governors Island check out our full events calendar and don’t forget to stay updated by following us on Twitter: @Gov_Island.

Governors Island will CLOSED to the public on Thursday, July 4. We will be open from 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

See you on the Island!

This Weekend: FIGMENT Festival and Where to See Building 877 Come Down




Come Out For Figment Weekend!

FIGMENT is back! Come out to the Island this Saturday and Sunday for artist designed miniature golf, the Tree House, the City of Dreams Pavilion and all of the incredible performances, music and art of FIGMENT. FIGMENT takes place all weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday. 


Building 877

Building 877

Where Will You Watch Building 877 Implode?

This Sunday, The Trust for Governors Island will implode Building 877, the Island’s largest non-historic building and you have many options to see it live!

The building will be imploded at precisely 7:36 AM and will open up extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty and make space for 30 glorious acres of new park and public spaces.

Governors Island will be closed to the public during the implosion, but you can still watch the action in person. To see the building come down, head to the Battery or Liberty State Park, or better yet, take a ride on the 7:30 AM Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan. Barring any changes in schedule, those travelling on the ferry will get a great view of the event.  For those of you who prefer to watch the excitement in your pajamas, we will be livestreaming this major milestone.

The Trust wants to see what the public sees from its vantage point and invites everyone to follow the event on Twitter (@gov_island) and post pictures on Facebook (Governors Island), Flickr (Governors Island group) and Instagram (@governorsisland). Share your pictures!

Governors Island will open as it normally does on Sunday mornings at 10 AM. 


Use Kickstarter to Bring Your Project to Governors Island

Zachary Landsberg's Face of Liberty. Image Courtesy Shaun Hoke

Zachary Landsberg’s Face of Liberty. Image Courtesy Shaun Hoke

We welcome a wide range of projects to Governors Island so we can create unique experiences for our visitors each season. To help expand the projects on Governors Island for the 2013 season and beyond, we have joined forces with  Kickstarter! Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Creators who use Kickstarter are able to make their ideas reality, while maintaining complete creative control of their work. We are committed to hosting any project that gets funding and fulfills our permit requirements. For more information on bringing projects to Governors Island and to download permit requirements, visit our website.

Some of our favorite events were brought to Governors Island using Kickstarter. The Face of Liberty, a replica of the Statue of Liberty’s face, built to scale, sinking into the grass at Governors Island was fundraised through Kickstarter. The Face of Liberty was featured on Governors Island as part of the Figment Festival’s Interactive Sculpture Garden in 2012.

Head In the Clouds Construction Day 3. Image courtesy of FIGMENT

Head In the Clouds Construction Day 3. Image courtesy of FIGMENT

This year, STUDIOKCA exceeded their $9,000 Kickstarter goal to raise money for the Head in the Clouds Pavilion that will be featured as part of the FIGMENT Festival this summer on Governors Island. The architectural pavilion will be made from 53,780 recycled and re-purposed plastic bottles—the same number that is thrown away in New York City in one hour.

Finalists for FIGMENT’s Summer ’13 City of Dreams Pavilion


FIGMENT Tree-House, Photo Credit: Ronay Menschel

We love us some FIGMENT! The incredible arts organization has been on the island for several years now, and always manages to bring something fresh and innovative. FIGMENT’s mini-golf course, tree-house and awesome sculptures have been huge hits this summer and are crowd favorites! We love watching our visitors have a great time interacting with the incredible pieces of participatory art. 

Want a sneak peak at what they have in store for next summer? They are currently hard at work prepping for Summer ’13!  They just released renderings of the top 5 finalists for their City of Dreams Pavilion.  


One of the designs: “For Rent” by MTWTHFSS, Photo Credit: MTWTHFSS

Check out the rest of the designs at and let us know which one is your favorite!!


FIGMENT Returns to Governors Island

Visitors love FIGMENT's artist designed miniature golf course.

FIGMENT, now in its fifth year on Governors Island, returns this weekend with a wide range of participatory arts projects taking place all over the Island.

This year, Figment participants will enjoy favorites from years past as well as surprising new projects like Plastic Fantastic, a 16-foot geodesic dome made from over 6,000 post-consumer water bottles; The Anywhere Organ, a giant, mobile, electronic pipe organ built out of recycled parts from discarded church organs; and Seeing Inside, a puppet theater hidden inside a dress – all in addition to scores of spontaneous performances, art and activities for all ages.

In addition to this weekend’s activities, Figment has three long term exhibitions, including the very popular miniature golf course (with a theme of “Bugs”), an interactive sculpture garden, and the Burple Bup Pavilion.

So come out to the Island anytime today-Sunday to participate, experiment and explore!

Wall Street Journal: Those Who Like to Putter Around with Art Give Golf a Shot

A young Island visitor enjoys FIGMENT's artist designed miniature golf course

On the front page of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Stephanie Simon looked at artists around the country that are designing miniature golf courses.

Governors Island was one of the first public spaces to welcome artist designed miniature golf, with a course by FIGMENT three years ago.  Since then, the course has been one of the Island’s most popular activities.

In 2010, visitors enjoyed the "World's Fair" themed course that also featured two of the best holes from 2008 and 2009

The first year’s “City of Dreams” course was well used and loved by visitors. Last year, the holes became even more elaborate and challenging holes with a “World’s Fair” theme and this year, visitors will enjoy a “Bugs and Features” course.

Thousands of visitors have come out to enjoy FIGMENT weekend and the mini golf course in the past few years. This year, FIGMENT weekend is June 10-12 and the miniature golf course will be up all season. So get ready to come out to the Island, grab a club and play a free round of artist designed miniature golf!


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