Wikiburg grew out of Brooklyn, New York from a campaign called Save Domino – a community movement to transform an iconic pre-war sugar refinery into the Brooklyn Tate Museum. Lessons learned inspire an online digital town square for all citizens to be apart of the decision making process.
Domino was a symbol of New York City’s cultural diversity as Williamsburg, Brooklyn has become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country. Save Domino stood tall in the face of a multibillion-dollar developer who demolished our beloved refinery making way for luxury development as bureaucracy once again trumps enlightened public policy. Our creative endeavors of making a papier-mâché carrot to playing “stump the developer” inspired Savedomino.org. Ground level petitioning to hosting Town Hall meetings with ADAO to producing benefit parties on rooftops and in bars brought in all walks of New York City life such as comedians from Comedy Central to DJ Stretch Armstrong. Our guerrilla street art campaign was impossible to miss transforming an iconic refinery into an iconic image. Save Domino embodied how a community can defend itself when provoked.
Photography © Max Touhey