The Downtown Alliance has just unveiled Light and Sound, the latest series of its Art is All Around campaign.
The campaign consists of two interactive and luminous public art installations which will come together with music to bring a lunchtime concert series to Lower Manhattan starting later this month.
Optik features 10 movable gyroscope-like rings that produce their own sounds along with a spectrum of reflective colors. Visitors can rotate the installation’s rings to create ever-changing lights and tones.
Optik was created by the Urban Conga in collaboration with Serge Maheu and will be displayed on Cortlandt Way.
Roseaux brings together 15-foot illuminated reeds that continuously emit pulsating lights and audible tones. Visitors can stand on the base to change the spectrum of colors, making the installation personal to each viewer.
Created by 1ToMn in collaboration with UDO Design and Serge Maheu, Roseaux will be located at 200 Water Street.
A weekly concert series will complement the installations. Programmed by esteemed New York musician and producer Svetlana Shmulyian, performances will feature interactive music and dance performances provided by some of the city’s most exciting jazz and blues bands.
“Grab your friends, grab the kids and come play! These art installations and concerts will bring joy and fun to our streets,” said Downtown Alliance president Jessica Lappin. “Late spring is a fantastic time to be out exploring Lower Manhattan, and ‘Light and Sound’ will add extra excitement and entertainment for those enjoying the fresh air and warm weather.”
The art installations will be on view from Wednesday, May 10 through Wednesday, June 21. Starting Wednesday, May 17, the concerts will take place each Wednesday at 12 p.m. at alternating locations between 200 Water Street and Cortlandt Way.
The light and sound performance schedule is as follows:
- 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)
Learn more on Downtown Alliance’s website.