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Burlington City Arts’ 30th anniversary celebration was a doozy. Coinciding with the annual Festival of Fools, BCA hosted “30 Hours of Art” and embraced the nearby Church of Circus.

Burlington artist Abby Manock headed the “30 Hours” project, which she called “Monkeys vs. Bananas.” BCA’s goal was a public art installation created by artists and others over 30 consecutive hours. Manock’s conceptual response was a little more obscure — something about monkeys and bananas as archetypes … Whatever the thinking, the “parallel monolithic self-portraits” that evolved are accessible and rather adorable, despite their size. The two 30-foot-long canvas scrolls, each about 10 feet wide, are suspended from the back of the BCA Center facing City Hall Park. Manock chose the colors and drew the base forms; volunteers painted them in.

While no single individual had to remain awake for that entire period of time, BCA communications director Eric Ford says people did wield the brushes all night long, and into the weekend. “I was blown away by their dedication,” he says. “We set out to do this crazy thing, and it actually worked.” A live webcast of the event is being made into a time-lapse video, viewable on BCA’s website soon, Ford says. Meanwhile, get in touch with your inner monkey or banana and applaud three decades of city-sponsored art.

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