Oh, those crazy Occupy folks!
Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, Occupy Seattle protestor Babylonia Aivaz, a Duke University graduate, married an abandoned warehouse at 10th and Union Street in Seattle.
Yes: I said “married.” The bride, radiant in a white wedding gown, posed beside a bulldozer as fellow occupiers swayed to the strains of Bill Withers’ 1972 hit “Lean On Me” strummed by a ukelele.
The wedding, Aivaz’ friends report, was a lesbian wedding because the warehouse, like Aivaz, is “female.”
The 107-year-old building had been occupied by 200 Occupy Seattle protestors, who sought to reclaim it as a community center with communal art displays, or possibly free child care.
Aivaz wrote about her bulky spouse on a Facebook event page created especially for the wedding, complete with photos:
“The moment we entered the warehouse we became a true community. We became self-motivated. We worked co-operatively. We explored 36,000 square feet like children, giggling and dreaming at the possibility of all that space. We played with conveyer belts, riding up and down. The kind you always want to sit on in the airport luggage dispensers. We strung up lights…. We removed pounds and pounds of unnecessary building materials…. We dreamed.”
The dream was short-lived, however. The building is slated to be torn down to make room for a new apartment complex; and demolition has already begun.