best huge-scale public art done just for the hell of it (2008)


If you happened to wander past the steps of the New York Public Library one day in June and saw 100 or so poodle ladies, cops, Mid-western tourists, and the like in full costume busting out into a gigantic synchronized dance routine, you witnessed the work of the Brooklyn-based collective THE MADAGASCAR INSTITUTE. Ditto for if you saw the "Condiment War" in August in which white- clad warriors splattered each other with mustard pistols, tomato-sauce grenades, and French-dressing cannons (and then held a postbellum barbecue). Why? Because some- one has to.


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