Exercise: Street Cleaning Event

people cleaning the street

Hi Red Center “Street Cleaning Event” (1966), performed during Fluxfest Presents Hi Red
Center Street Cleaning Event
, Grand Army Plaza, New York, June 11, 1966


“A small (about 4 sq. meters) area of sidewalk should be cleaned by Fluxus performers in a very thorough way, but using devices not normally used in streets such as: steel wool, steel brushes, powder cleaners, dental picks, toothbrushes, bleaches, cotton balls and alcohol, etc. etc.”

Hi Red Center = Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Jiro Takamatsu. More photos from MoMa.

Waxman’s reflections: “These are the places where walking happens — to signal them as something worth caring for is to ennoble both pedestrianism and its ground.”

Credit: Waxman, Lori. Keep Walking Intently: The Ambulatory Art of the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus. Sternberg Press, 2017. Page 243-44.