ITHACA, N.Y. –– Earlier this month representatives from the City of Ithaca, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Center Ithaca welcomed the BEYOND Art Pop-Up Interactive, Immersive Art Installation to the Commons with a celebratory ribbon cutting.

Described by DIA Communications Manager Darlene Wilber as, “an incredibly fun and engaging experience for all ages that is the work of a collective of over 20 highly skilled local artists,” the space features exhibits such as a 12-foot tall rideable unicorn, an “infinite fluorescent forest,” a room covered in faux fur, original video games and consoles, participatory costume, fabric and performance art, a flying UFO, robots, and “much more.”   

“Beyond has gone beyond our expectations.” Beyond Art Co-Creator Doug Shire said during the August 13 ceremony. “I’m thrilled with the amazing local art collective that has come together to create an exhibit that is truly magical and unique. This exhibit is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before on the Commons. We’re delighted to be open.” 

Beyond has taken up residency at 171 E. State Street, the Commons. They are open from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, with extended hours on weekends.

In addition to Shire and his other co-founder/lead artist Laurence Clarkberg the space includes art by  Angelina Blasich, Tony Bond, Allen Cosgrove, Tico Chango, John Fuchs, Lily Gershon, Karl Gesslein, Caleb Harrington, Kaylyn Kilkuskie, Savan Karamardian-DeSouza, Wendy Marvel, Cai Quirk, Elsa Quirk, Victor Rakovich, Mark Rosen, Liz Sciore-Jones, Norm Scott, Phoebe Shalloway, Judy Swann, Damaris Vasquez, John Walsh, Will Weave, and Annemarie Zwack.

“We thank Doug Shire and the 20 local artists who created this immersive, interactive, family-friendly experience in our community. The exhibit is truly impressive.”  DIA Board of Directors President Ashley Cake said.

Adding to the praise, City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick said “This Beyond exhibit is incredible. It transports you to another place. I walked through its portal and within five minutes I forgot that I was walking in Center Ithaca. I’m happy to support the creative work Doug and his team have done to transform this space.” 

BEYOND closes at the end of the month, so get there before it’s gone.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com