Stars above Manhattan will be seen on Hudson River

Aug 29, 2011 For one week of September new yorkers will be able to see the stars usually hidden by city's light and other pollution. Project "Reflecting the Stars", part of the Climate Week NYC, will run from September 19 to 27 and will project the stars of the night sky above Manhattan onto the Hudson River. The wirelessly controlled solar-powered LED lights have been installed onto the decaying posts of Pier 49, near Bank Street  in Manhattan. Pressing a button on the shore will activate the system and light up the castellation that should be above your head at that moment.

As reported by Samuel Medina in his blogpost on this installation had been designed by Jon Morris, Creative Director of the Windmill Factory, who hopes to provide visitors with “a sublime moment of reflection,” while also raising “awareness about our disappearing night sky.” The goal is to once again make possible star-gazing in New York and to motivate people to waste less by turning off lights or setting them by timers, which will help in minimizing light pollution, thereby lessening its impact on ecosystems and human health.

Morris, who had no prior experience with dealing with electronics or lighting and found himself without funding, gathered together a band of fellow conspirators to jump start the project. Kontraptioneering devised a method to control the LEDs with radio waves so to not avoid the fish hatcheries beneath the pier posts. Google Software Engineer Adam Berenzweig brought on a host of interns from MIT and NYU’s Interactive Technology Program, not to mention a number of consultants, including Charles Renfro of Diller Scofido + Renfro, to program the lights with several light shows.
The installation included 201 LED lamps affixed onto the steel pipe and connected to the wooden parts of decaying pier.According to the project’s site, “the contrast of new technology encased in a rusting shell mirrors our species’ race for advancement that is changing the climate, melting our glaciers, and leaving us at a global crossroads.”

By contributing to the project you get a chance to dedicate a star to anyone you want. We highly recommend you visiting the following websites:
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Author:  Alice Jones

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