Windows of vacant buildings (we still have too many of them downtown) were covered with white sheets, among them a building that used to be a bank. Let's call this the Old Bank Building.
And a building that used to be our Carnegie public library, until 2000. Let's call this the Library.
In a matter of hours they would be transformed for a few short hours, from vacant buildings to works of art.
It always takes place on the first Friday night in September, when art galleries and restaurants downtown are open for First Friday. It was so wonderful to see Binghamton come alive.
The name of the show on the Old Bank Building was "We Stand on the Shoulders of the Past".
It transformed again and again.
Projections on the library, from You Tube.
My video (not as good as the first one) but it better shows the crowd.
The Wizard interacted with the crowd in real time. But, like the Wizard of Oz, there was only a real man (the man on the right side) behind the curtain.
By using old buildings for art, we, in a way, also stand on the shoulders of the past.
But I can only hope that, next year, the vacant buildings (these weren't the only projections) won't be vacant.