When Madison Square Park Transformed Into A Modern Fairy Tale

September 4, 2014 9:20 PM

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When Madison Square Park Transformed Into A Modern Fairy Tale

"What I learned is I do not know Annabel Lee nearly as well as I thought," Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds said Wednesday evening, wringing water from her platinum blonde hair. Clad in a black wetsuit that showed all her angles, she did not look like someone with Edgar Allen Poe on the brain. But for the past two hours, Seay-Reynolds -- a runway model who could be the long lost sister of Annie Clark, or Princess Aurora -- silently ran through every rhyme she could think of to pass the time during one of her more unusual jobs, as a human fountain in Madison Square Park.

If it sounded fantastical, it was probably happening at "The Last Days Of Folly." Commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the one-day festival featured work by indie demigods on a surrealist stage: from a dance co-choreographed by Sofia Coppola, to oversized balloons by Proenza Schouler...

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