Blindfolded Bunnies and Bears Dangle on the Lower East Side

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

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No, this isn’t a post about kinky sex, bondage, or S&M. Nor is it a plug for 50 Shades of who-gives-a-shit. Rather, it’s about those stuffed animals that currently hang from a few power lines on the Lower East Side. Each is cloaked in what appear to be pink blindfolds, but are really just comic-book-style eyebands; random charms are also connected by ribbon.

One Boogie reader spotted a number of these plush creations in and around Grand Street and sent in the following pictures. What are they? Some research reveals that artist Manny Castro and electronic dance duo HeartsRevolution are together behind the dangling street statement. Apparently the Los Angeles landscape was a target earlier this summer.

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According to the LA Weekly, lead singer Leyla “Lo” Safai dreamed up the idea years ago while in the New York offices. She grabbed a pink marker and began adding “revolutionary pink eyeband” to everything within arm’s reach. Her ambitions only gained steam in the ensuing years. Indeed, Safai told the paper in June that the goal is to hang 2,012 total “streethearts” in both LA and NYC by the end of the year. Could be tough to pull off, as the frontwoman was already arrested once for her actions.

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There doesn’t appear to be much backlash from the neighborhood. Safai says they’re “Like a child’s mobile, they’re colorful, they’re dangling, they’re there to say hi.”

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