Fluorescent zip ties turn NYC poles into art

November 26, 2011 7:18:53 PM PST
A colorful art installation is growing in parts of Lower Manhattan.

The public art installation is called "Flaming Cactus" and has now taken over 23 light poles in Hudson Square through the holidays.

The project was first set up on Governors Island and around Cooper Square last summer.

Artists use thousands of fluorescent-colored zip ties to turn everyday objects like lampposts into something vibrant and interesting to look at.

"We chose cable ties because they are a common every day item. We wanted to sort of show people that it doesn't take a lot of money, education or resources to make art. And that creativity is something that everybody is capable of," Preston Dane from Animus Arts Collective said.

Zip ties are typically used to bundle things like cables.

The "Flaming Cactus" project was developed by a team of people at the Animus Arts Collective and the Hudson Square Connection.