Friday, June 9, 2017

New York City

By APB Staff Writer

Human bodies off all shapes and sizes  were transformed into artistic canvases by painters and their models at the Human Connection Arts “Body Notes” event in Times Square on a sweltering sunny Friday afternoon.

Featuring more than 200 “models,” each with a distinct social message and color scheme, the Human Connection Arts organization is the creation of founder and artist Andy Golub.

Golub, inspired by the famous Union Square “sticky note” wall -also known as Subway Therapy – was arrested in 2011 for publicly painting nude models. However Golub consequently fought legal battles to win the right to paint fully nude models in public and started this event in 2014.

Golub and his volunteers’ mission is to break down social barriers,  express themselves freely, and create a powerful expression of positivity and acceptance. Tourists and onlookers mostly enjoyed the proceedings, sharing images on mobile phones and social media.

Future “Body Notes” events are slated for NYC Bodypainting Day in Washington Square Park in July, Amsterdam Bodypainting Day in August, and San Francisco Bodypainting Day in the Fall, along with an event planned to coincide with the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

NY Police presence was heavy at the event, which also featured signs warning citizens of public nudity.