Circling Manhattan



Circling Manhattan, an EW Art + Public walk led by artist Alexandros Georgiou

Date and time: Saturday, June 27, 2015 starting at 5:30am (sunrise) and continuing all day
Starting location: The Intrepid, Pier 86, W 45th St and 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (in front of boat)

*Circling Manhattan is FREE. Please make a reservation and let us know if you will be joining us for the entire or part of the walk.

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Meeting point at 5:30 am

“When I lived in Varanasi, regarded as the spiritual capital of India, I developed a walk as a pilgrimage – circling the Ganges River, the river that draws pilgrims who bath in the dirty and sacred waters, believed to be the Hindu goddess Ganga. I completed this walk several times, sharing the experience with many people who joined me.

I have the desire to walk around Manhattan as well, as if Manhattan is another Varanasi, a city we carry inside our hearts and mark with our feet. Friends, strangers and others are invited to join me for Circling Manhattan to honor and discover the city in a new way.” Alexandros Georgiou

Additional text by Alexandros about the ideas behind Circling Manhattan, may be found here.

Circling Manhattan is a walk around the entire island of Manhattan, starting at 5:30 am on June 27th in front of the historic landmark, the Intrepid at Pier 86, W 45th St and 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (west side of Manhattan) and moving clockwise with the goal to complete the circle.

During Circling Manhattan, Alexandros will relate stories from his walks in India and NYC, as well as speak about his process using photography to highlight overlooked details in the cityscape. Walkers are welcome to take photographs along the way and tweet them @ExchangeWorksUS #CirclingManhattan.

Though this is a group walk with breaks and discussions, walkers are encouraged to enjoy the full experience of circling Manhattan from their own perspective. All are welcome to participate in the entire 32-mile walk around Manhattan, yet anyone can join along the way or stop at any time.

The walk can be followed on Twitter @ExchangeWorksUS #CirclingManhattan where updates regarding breaks and meeting locations will be posted every hour.

*We will be sending all participants more information about rest stops, bathroom breaks, etc. Please be prepared for a long walk and bring food, water, an umbrella, sunscreen, a hat and extra socks in a small daypack. Here are tips to stay hydrated and a map of public bathrooms around NYC.

Join us for Circling Manhattan rain or shine!

Biographical Information


Inspired by different cultures, Alexandros Georgiou’s work revolves around his travels, where he invites the public to participate in various ways. Originally from Greece and based in New York, Alexandros has shown internationally in venues such as; Heidelberg Kunstverein, Germany; National Museum of Contemporary Art, DESTE Foundation, Kunsthalle Athens, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens; 798 Space, Beijing; 3rd Auckland Triennial, New Zealand; and White Columns, New York; among other venues. Alexandros studied at the Athens’ School of Fine Arts and the School of Visual Arts in New York (MFA ΄98).

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