Object of the Week: ‘The Rites of Spring’
By Alice Ridgway, Archivist
Last week I was surprised to see a pamphlet announcing ‘Rites of Spring’ flash past as I leafed through some American field notes in the Joy Larkcom archive. A further glance informed me of a ritual pageant of giant puppets and mobile sculptures. In this pageant, Gaia, the earth goddess, is kidnapped by New York developers. Her release depends on the butterfly angel guide and its nature spirits…
The modest black-and-white programme clearly needed further investigation. Reading through, I found it to be packed full of information about ‘Rites of Spring’ the 6th annual celebratory procession to protect over 50 New York community gardens. It seemed to be an exciting event:
A DAY-LONG PAGEANT VISITING THE NETWORK OF 50 LOWER EAST SIDE GARDENS
SUNDAY MAY 26, 1996
8 HOURS OF ART, RITUAL, PERFORMANCE, MUSIC, DANCE, & POETRY!
A CELEBRATION OF THE GARDENS LOCAL HISTORY & THE COMMUNITY