The LAB at Rockwell Group (New York) lit up the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place with Luminaries, an interactive lighting display that inaugurated a new holiday tradition in Lower Manhattan.
Brookfield Placeis the reimagined World Financial Center complex, an 8 million-sq.-ft. office, retail, arts and dining destination located across from the World Trade Center site in Battery Park City.
Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, Luminaries was designed to inspire visitors to pause, reflect and look to the future. The installation includes 650 lanterns that hover like a magic carpet above the Winter Garden. The lanterns erupt every hour with choreographed light shows, inspired by natural phenomena. Three glowing, touch-sensitive Corian stations invite visitors to make a wish, pulsing in response to their touch. Each wish results in a donation to the GRAMMY Foundation to support music education programs for high school students.
"We thought about how artists have used light to create immersive spaces that tap into our emotions," says David Rockwell, founder and president of the Rockwell Group. His design team was also inspired by festivals such as Burning Man and Brussels' Flower Carpet. "This is the first time we've used light as a building material."