This is some sort of Miami-born art project that is embarking on a national tour of the East Coast this summer with a final stop here in Rockaway. Artist Misael Soto sets up his 56′ x 29′ towel and brings sunscreen, snacks, drinks and games to share for anyone who wants to sit on it. He says on the project’s site: “I hope to subvert the way beach-goers claim their temporary real estate on the beach.” You may ask yourself, does this have anything to do with capitalism? You bet: “I intend to indict and subvert typically American excess, in an attempt to not only comment on how we choose to share the wealth (or not), but to also provide a space where I create the opportunity for communal transcendence above the conditioning of capitalism.”
Wow, that’s a mouthful for what is essentially a big-ass place to sit. You can find it in Rockway on Aug. 11. So brilliant idea for reclaiming public beach space or overwrought art dud?