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Bel Borba
With Burt Sun
& André Costantini

DIÁRIO (através de um OLHO BAIANO)

Sept 14–Oct 14
Various locations around NYC

Installation in Times Square
Sun, Oct 14 thru Mon, Oct 15
Times Square

Universal Pulse in Times Square
Mon, Oct 1–Wed, Oct 31
Every night from 11:55pm–midnight
Times Square Jumbotrons

Co-presented with the Times Square Alliance and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Brazilian visual artist Bel Borba has covered his native Salvador, a 500-year-old city in Bahia, with glorious outdoor artworks, from small mosaics to large-scale pieces composed of brightly-colored broken tiles, steel, wood, recycled materials, and sand. The eclectic work beautifully channels the experiences of the communities in which he works, providing a window into the city’s rich and complex history and culture.

Bel Borba creates a new ephemeral artwork each day in different locations around New York City over the course of the festival, using only recycled and found materials found in the city’s streets. Drawing inspiration from New York’s people and urban landscape, the month-long project will be documented using film and photography to create clips shared daily on DIÁRIO website. At the end of 30 days, the project will culminate in a block-long installation in Times Square from October 14–15.

Additionally, the short film Universal Pulse, a collaboration between Borba, Sun, and Costantini, will be presented in Times Square from Oct 1–31. 

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Installation in Times Square

Sun, Oct 14 thru Mon, Oct 15
Times Square

FIAF’s Crossing the Line takes over Times Square with a block-long installation from Brazilian visual artist Bel Borba. The culmination of his celebrated month-long public art project DIÁRIO, presented as part of the festival, Borba will use orange street barriers and other recycled materials to create the piece live.

Join FIAF and see Brazil’s “pied piper of street art” at work in the heart of New York City.

Universal Pulse in Times Square

Mon, Oct 1–Wed, Oct 31
Every night from 11:55pm–midnight
Times Square Jumbotrons

The new short film Universal Pulse, a collaboration between Bel Borba, Burt Sun, and André Costantini, will be presented in its World Premiere on Monday, October 1 and run throughout the month until the 31st.

Universal Pulse is part of the Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery—the largest coordinated effort by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content at the same time every day.

The first work in the program’s history to be designed specifically for use on the Times Square screens, Universal Pulse will screen every night counting down the three magical minutes to midnight.

The Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery is presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition and Times Square Alliance and features new dynamic contemporary video works each month. 


Recent Buzz & Reviews
Artista plástico baiano expõe nas ruas de Nova York
October 19, 2012

Photos: Strange art forms in NYC's Times Square
October 15, 2012

E Bel Borba Fez A América
Jotabê Medeiros, October 14, 2012

Paris Match
Quand la France rhabille New York
October 9, 2012

Brazilian Press
Bel Borba é recepcionado em New York com
projeto e filme

Roger Costa, October 4, 2012

The New York Times
The Week in Culture Pictures, Sept. 21: Bel Borba
Sept 21, 2012

Crossing the Line Opens Beautifully at FIAF
Crossing the line ouvre en beauté au Fiaf

Sept 21, 2012

The New York Times
Brazil’s Pied Piper of Street Art
Larry Rohter, Sept 18, 2012

The Happening
Rinden homenaje al Picasso brasileño en Nueva York
Sept 18, 2012

Interview Magazine
Crossing the Line in a Good Way
Effie Bowen, Sept 13, 2012

Yoko Ono’s Peace Day Project Headlines Times Square Arts’s Fall Program
Benjamin Sutton, Sept 13, 2012

CTL Crossing the Line 2012: Bel Borba Is Here and Brazilian Street Art
Sept 6, 2012

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Fracking with Debra Winger P2

Fracking with Debra Winger P1

Images: Bel Borba © Burt Sun - André Costantini

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