Sunday, July 10, 2011

Early Sunday Evening in Williamsburg: Red Bull Creation in McCarren Park

As we approached the McCarren Park ballfields a little after 6 p.m., we could hear them announcing the winners of Red Bull Creation,

an amazing event which challenged inventors to build something useful, imaginative and inspiring within 72 hours.

The theme given turned out be “Energy in Motion” and the Creations had to be able to move the weight of a 100-pound person from point A to point B,

without the use of fossil fuels.

(We presume that use of high-energy caffeine drinks was not only permitted but encouraged.)

We walked around in the last hour of today's Red Bull Creation and saw some interesting and innovative sights.

No doubt the American ingenuity in engineering and technology on display at McCarren Park is the kind of thing that keeps people in Beijing's ministry of industry and science lying awake with worry every night.

Creation is a beautiful thing.

"Creationism" is something else.

They had killer music too, and dancing in front of a bright green laser line.

We're really grateful for Red Bull Creation being in our neighborhood

and giving us access to see all the wonders we saw at the McCarren Park Ballfields.

It almost makes us feel guilty for refusing a free Red Bull last Wednesday night in this very place at SummerScreen.

But we are a frail 60yo man and the energy rush might prove fatal.

After all, we don't want to meet the Grim Reaper in McCarren Park just yet.

So for now we'll leave drinking Red Bull to the young'uns

until they come up with a version that's safe for the elderly.

Maybe that could be the challenge for inventors at the next Red Bull Creation!

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