[highlight1] Luminaries – A lighting installation built on the season’s traditions of sharing, giving and community in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. [/highlight1]
On December 1, Arts Brookfield debuted a visually stunning installation created by the award-winning design firm Rockwell Group. Luminaries is a reimagined holiday tradition—a spectacular lighting display that follows the glass enclosed topography of the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in the heart of Lower Manhattan. Built on the season’s traditions of sharing, community, and connection, visitors are immersed in a glowing canopy of 650 custom lanterns embedded with LEDs, each capable of changing color and intensity.
Conceived by the LAB at Rockwell Group, the firm’s interactive technology studio, and inspired by the concept of a wishing well, three glowing Wishing Stations will be positioned within the iconic Winter Garden’s palm trees. Guests may send a “wish” to the lanterns above by placing their hands on the touch-sensitive stations, which pulse with color. Upon releasing their hands, color erupts in the canopy above, translating the wish into a mesmerizing display of colors that travel throughout the lanterns.
The interactive and collective act of wishing creates a communal and celebratory tradition. Through this initiative, Brookfield has partnered with the GRAMMY Foundation® to support their GRAMMY in the Schools® music education programs for high school students. For every wish sent by the public, Arts Brookfield will donate $1 up to $25,000. Luminaries launches on #GivingTuesday, to honor the global celebration dedicated to philanthropy.
“The holiday season is so much about sharing moments with families and friends, as well as the act of giving that marks generosity and good will,” said David Rockwell, founder and President, Rockwell Group. “Taking inspiration from rituals across the globe of offering light as a shared gesture, we conceived Luminaries in the Winter Garden to forge a new downtown holiday tradition in this monumental public space”
“We are thrilled to invite a visionary like David Rockwell and his team at the LAB to create an installation in the Winter Garden, one of our most dynamic public spaces, enhancing Brookfield’s already robust arts program,” noted Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director, Arts Brookfield. “Luminaries’ combination of light and interactivity is a powerful way to create a sense of community downtown during the holiday season.”
LEDs embedded in the lanterns create an all-day/night lighting experience. Choreographed light shows are scheduled throughout the day and evening. Visitors will experience a truly spectacular light show every two hours beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. daily. The five shows are befittingly entitled “Snowfall,” “Christmas Tree,” “Ribbons,” “Firecracker,” and “Northern Lights.”
Brookfield Place welcomes the world every day and is thrilled to be the beacon of light and giving this holiday season.
The LAB at Rockwell Group created an interactive, public lighting display in Lower Manhattan, inaugurating a new holiday tradition. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield and located in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, Luminaries inspires visitors to pause, reflect, and look to the future. Three glowing Wishing Stations invite guests to “send” wishes to the canopy of lanterns where they transform into mesmerizing displays of dappling light and color, creating a collaborative ritual.
Luminaries includes three Wishing Stations positioned throughout the atrium. These white, glowing, touch-sensitive Corian stations invite visitors to make a wish, pulsing in response to their touch. The Wishing Stations will “send” the wish to a canopy of approximately 650 twinkling lanterns above, translating the wish into a mesmerizing display of dappling lights and colors that travel throughout the lanterns. The interactive and collective act of wishing creates a communal and celebratory tradition. In addition, spectacular, choreographed lightshows will be scheduled throughout the day and night.
The interactive installation is transformed into a unique light display every time a participant touches a special wishing station positioned within the iconic palm trees of the Winter Garden. The interactive and collective act of wishing creates a communal and celebratory tradition. For every wish made this holiday season, Arts Brookfield will donate $1 up to $25,000 to the GRAMMY Foundation® to support its GRAMMY in the Schools® music education programs for high school students.
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Project name: Luminaries
Location: Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10821 United States
Coordinates: 40.713167, -74.015602
Type: Light Art, Installation
Materials: 650 lanterns
Event Period: December 2, 2015 – January 10, 2016 / 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Completion Year: 2015
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Client / Owner / Developer: Arts Brookfield
Artist: David Rockwell – Rockwell Group – 5 Union Square West New York, NY 10003 United States
Text Description: © Courtesy of Rockwell Group, Arts Brookfield
Images: © Rockwell Group, Arbuckle Industries