In tent city! Williamsburg park gets a tepee

By Danielle Furfaro - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com
Fair weather tent: The tepee will sit at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge till Sept. 1.  Photo by Alec Jacobson

Fair weather tent: The tepee will sit at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge till Sept. 1. Photo by Alec Jacobson

A group of artists are bringing a little bit of South Dakota to Williamsburg this summer with a large canvas tepee in Havemeyer Park.

The tepee is meant to be an inviting hangout spot and a symbol of the impermanence of the park, which exists only until the land is dug up for a building that will be part of the Domino Sugar factory mega-development.

“This is a call for the community to come together in the space with art and culture and tradition and creativity,” said organizer Denise Cermanski, who took out a loan to fund the structure. “The fact that it is right across from the Domino Factory is very poignant.”

The tepee is built in the style of those favored by the Native-American Sioux tribe, who once used the sturdy but portable shelter to traverse the Great Plains following the buffalo. The interior of the tepee is about 22 feet across, or about the size of an average above-ground swimming pool.

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