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New Light & Sound Installation Coming to Lower Manhattan
May 4, 2023, 5:54.01 pm ET


Photo: Optik/Beca Heuer

The Alliance for Downtown New York unveils “Light and Sound,” two interactive and illuminative public art installations and a lunchtime concert series to Lower Manhattan from May 10 to June 21, while the concerts will take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12pm, beginning on May 17.

Photo: Optik/Beca Heuer

“Optik,” which will be displayed on Cortlandt Way, was created by the Urban Conga in collaboration with Serge Maheu. It features 10 movable gyroscope-like rings, each producing its own sounds and a spectrum of reflective colors. Passersby can interact with the installation by rotating the rings to create ever-changing lights and tones.

Photo: Roseaux/Creos

“Roseaux,” which will be located at 200 Water St., was created by 1ToMn in collaboration with UDO Design and Serge Maheu. This interactive installation of 15-foot illuminated reeds invites visitors to step onto the sensors to rhythmically propel a spectrum of colors. The reeds continuously emit gently pulsating lights and audible tones when a participant stands on the base.

Light and Sound Performance Schedule includes:

May 17 -- Alphonso Horne and His Gotham Kings @ 200 Water St.

May 24 -- Charles Turner and Uptown Swing @ Cortlandt Way

May 31 -- Christopher McBride & The Whole Proof @ 200 Water St.

June 7 -- Svetlana & The New York Collective @ Cortlandt Way

June 14 -- Kalí Rodríguez-Peña Mélange @ 200 Water St.

June 21 -- Willerm Delisfort Project @ Cortlandt Way

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