FIGMENT Mini Golf Returns This Weekend!

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For the past 9 summers, FIGMENT has produced an Artist-Designed Mini Golf Course on Governors Island in New York City that is free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “New York City Has the Beat.” We are fortunate to live, work and play in one of the world’s most musically vibrant cities. This year’s Mini Golf holes relate to the sounds of the city or its music scene of the past, present or future.

Below are the 9 winning hole designs of 2017. Come out this summer to play them all! FIGMENT’s Mini Golf opens on Saturday, June 3 and is located behind the Library building across from Castle Williams.

2017 Mini Golf Season
June 3-August 24th
Weekdays: 10am -5pm
Weekends: 10am - 6pm

Hole #1: MINImalist GOLF by Night Multimedia Art
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MINImalist GOLF is an homage to the New Yorkers who transformed our expectations of music through two musical movements known as minimalism and serialism. Coming out of New York’s “downtown scene” of the 1960s, composers including John Cage and Philip Glass have repeatedly reinvented concepts in music, stepping away from the western classical traditions in favor newer experimental forms. We combine these musical elements with visual art by using electronic sensors powered by a microcontroller (a small, programmable computer) to trigger the performance of different segments of music composed by contemporary New York musicians.

Hole #2: Putt & Peal by Ronnie Kataki, Alice Song, Edward Wang
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Bells are an essential part of the New York City soundscape.Their sonorous presence atop church spires disrupts and regulates our day, reminding us to take pause and reflect. We make reference to these bells with a landscape of 65 hand-made ceramic bells that will be mounted on a soft and vibrant topographic landscape. Mini golfers will putt their golf balls across undulating colors and clusters of ceramic flora that will chime when bounced against, producing an impromptu music for Governors Island.

Hole #3: Honk Honk! Beeeeeep! Get out of my way! It’s SHOOOWWWTIME! by Lexy Ho-Tai
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New York City streets certainly have a beat of its own. It’s exhausting and overwhelming. It’s exciting and energizing. It’s unapologetically New York City. Putt your way through people rushing about, angry traffic jams, street performers, and all the wonderful and weird nuances and noises of New York City.

Hole #4: Drop the Beat! By Can Vu Bui & Lane Rick
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The boombox - the ultimate throwback symbol to the best music scene New York has ever cultivated. If Grandmaster Flex played mini-golf, this would be his jam. This boombox is a little bit different from what the b-boys might expect. Cassette tape obstacles lay in the ball’s path and a hidden PLONK! lies somewhere on the way to the hole!

Hole #5: Feelin’ Groovy by Tad Philipp and Pam Tucker
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Inspired by the 59th Street Bridge Song, also known as Feeling Groovy. Putt across a xylophone bridge to a happy place where 60’s style flowers are growin’ and all is groovy. PEACE.

Hole #6: Chiming in with Chamber Music by The Cellos
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Make resonant connections to New York City’s musical heritage when you send your golf ball through chimes tuned to classical masterpieces. Listen for the notes of Bach, Mozart and New York City’s own George Gershwin!

Hole #7: Here Ears Hear by Anthony May
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Noise can annoy the most cavalier of city ears, so here’s to pleasant sounds for near ears to hear. Steer sheer right for sincere chimes of cheer or disappear after spinning round a hemisphere tier. Veer from leery interfering to persevere over jeers of pinging and turn the smears of dreary blear into more dear melodies of revere.

Hole #8: Hit It! By Cat Chiu Phillips and Andrew Q Delaney


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Hit It is inspired by the diverse and immense musical talent of the city including the legendary streets of Broadway and the Tin Pan Alley. Tee the ball across the course through the glockenspiel ramp through the vinyl records tunnel and down the large sheet music. Hit it to make some beats!

Hole #9: The Lion Dance by Ricky Nguyen

Welcome to Chinatown! Follow the lion dance troupe through this historic neighborhood. Bang and drum your way down Mott Street and end your journey under celebratory fireworks.

For more information about FIGMENT, visit http://newyork.figmentproject.org, and be sure to check out the annual FIGMENT festival on Governors Island Saturday, June 3-Sunday, June 4.