On the 14th day of Occupy Wall Street, the movement has seen its biggest turn out yet. in the midst of protesters conversing, eating, sleeping and going about their daily business, art and creativity was also thriving in the park. Young kids joined in making cardboard posters to add to the street collage, while an older set of protesters folded paper cranes as a gesture of peace. I briefly caught up with Alexandre Carvalho, one of the main organizers of the Arts and Culture Committee at Occupy Wall Street to find out more about how the protesters are utilizing artistic practices to express their political and personal viewpoints.
Editor’s note: Our reporter Liza Eliano was on scene this afternoon in Zuccotti Park. She has been following the story for over a week and will be filing her report from today later tonight, but until then, she sent us these images of some of the artistic going ons as part of Occupy Wall Street.
There are moments in all great protests that propel it into the mainstream, what they do with it is up to its supporters. Today just may be the day that Occupy Wall Street gets it’s moment, then again maybe not, but what seems sure at this point is that it may happen very soon.
On Friday and Saturday night I traveling to the Occupy Wall Street action in lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to document the signs created by the protesters and their supporters. I was impressed that this small island of protest had quickly created a library and an art station for protesters to share their thoughts with the media and the world.
Today I walked the picket line with members of Occupy Wall Street who are in their seventh day of protest against big banks and corporations. As rain clouds darkened, a group of protesters began to assemble and lead the way out of Liberty Plaza, with several cops bringing up the line. Things remained under control and relatively peaceful, but there was plenty of tension in the air.