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 www.architizer.com 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:
Project website: http://www.thewindmillfactory.com/stardedication/
Source: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/28340/28340/

Author:  Alice Jones

Back to the list


Reviews forum #FORUM# is not exist

Submit Product Review

Download Review Form

LED Jobs Banner LED Directory Banner


Recent News

12/06/2011 Pleasanton Library Cuts Energy Use By 46% With Adura Technologies Wireless Lighting Controls

12/06/2011 Forepi Selects AIXTRON´s New 19x4-inch CRIUS II-XL

12/06/2011 Future Lighting Solutions Wins 2011 Best LED Service Provider Award

12/06/2011 Leica Microsystems Presented Its Latest Range of Innovative LED Illumination Modules for Microscopy

12/06/2011 Xicato Introduced 3000lm and 4000lm XLM LED Modules

12/06/2011 A.C. Lighting Inc Appointed LedGo North American Distributor

12/05/2011 Electronics Weekly Publishes Interview with Adrian Rawlinson, Marl International

12/05/2011 New ENCELIUM White Paper Examines How Addressable Dimming Controls Help Buildings Earn LEED Points

12/05/2011 i-Pix Satellite Mk II LED Fixtures Launched in September 2011 Gain Immediate Popularity

12/05/2011 Lumenpulse Unveiled Corporate Headquarters with "Evolution of Light" Event in Montreal, Canada

12/05/2011 Anolis Deliveres LED Architectural Lighting Solutions in South Africa

12/02/2011 Lighting Science Group's New 60-Watt Equivalent LED World Bulb Receives Consumer Electronics Show Best of Innovations Award

12/02/2011 Jim H. McClung Lighting Research Foundation Announced Funding of Research Projects

12/02/2011 Magnalight.com Introduced New Explosion Proof Handheld LED

12/02/2011 SDG&E LED Holiday Light Exchange Brings Energy Savings to Balboa Park, Chula Vista and Escondido

12/01/2011 ZENARO Presents New Louver Luminaires with T5 LED Tubes

12/01/2011 Arima Changzhi Ramps Up HB LED Capacity with AIXTRON G4 MOCVD Systems

12/01/2011 CSA's State-of-the-Art LED Lighting Laboratory Opened in Atlanta

11/30/2011 Chroma-Q™ Launched Three New LED Luminaires

11/30/2011 Cree Introduced the New LMH2 LED Module Family