Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photographs by Jason Spiro
A backdrop of Lady Liberty pummeling oil rigs with her flaming torch served as the visual call to arms for New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of more than 100 groups that rallied at the New York State Capitol on Monday afternoon before holding an all-star anti-fracking benefit concert at the Egg later that evening.
“Safe fracking is a fairy tale,” read a neon-green-lettered sign carried by one of the more creatively dressed concert attendees – many of whom sported anti-fracking stickers, signs and buttons at The Egg before the concert. Dressed as a “frack fairy,” she also had black bat wings, combat boots and a turquoise tutu.
But among the many emotional appeals of the night to prevent New York state from allowing hydrofracking – a controversial process for extracting natural gas by injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals deep underground – the most convincing image may have been a jug of murky, yellowish water that sat on a table in The Egg lobby.