Power Of The Puppets: The Story Behind Ann Arbor's Annual Street Art Spectacle

Apr 5, 2017

Mark Tucker
Credit Lisa Barry

Mark Tucker
Credit Lisa Barry

The 11th annual "Fool-Moon" and "FestiFools" events are coming up this weekend.

89. 1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the original creator of the annual Ann Arbor public art event...


Friday at sunset, thousands of people will gather near Ashley and Washington Street in Ann Arbor wearing hand-made, often light-up costumes to shake off the winter blues and bring out their inner "fool."

The event was originally created by Ann Arbor artist Mark Tucker.  He leads a University of Michigan class of students who make some of the costumes with the help of community volunteers.  Then on Sunday, a big public art spectacle known as FestiFools takes place.

Credit Wonderfool Productions

Tucker says that will include a special creation intended to include some political artistic commentary.

"We’re building a wall in the middle of the street this year and we’re having people write their wish-fool thoughts on the wall before it gets built, but then it might actually have some puppets come along…" says Tucker.

Credit Wonderfool Productions

He says their intention is to send a message in a light-hearted, ironic way.

This year's event theme is "wish-fool thinking."

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu