CalArtian Lighting Designer Transforms NYC Glass Atrium into Kaleidoscope


‘Light Cycles’ | Photo: Ryan Muir

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On Tuesday (Jan. 22), acclaimed artist, lighting designer and CalArts faculty Anne Militello’s new light installation, Light Cycles, opened at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden and Plaza in New York City. Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, one of the largest privately funded performing and visual arts programs on the east coast, the kaleidoscopic piece fills the upper levels of the glass atrium.

The work features strands of mirrored discs embedded with LED lights, suspended from the 10-story pavilion’s glass-vaulted ceiling, above the venue’s iconic palm trees.

More about Militello’s installation from a Brookfield Place press release:

Each evening after sunset, the LED panels on the discs will turn on for the exhibition’s nightly display. Drawing inspiration from the rich variety of color shifts seen in natural phenomena, Militello will be on-site for two weeks in January to program new compositions of shifting movements and patterns which will be stored and then replayed throughout the remainder of the exhibition.

A veteran performance and architectural lighting designer, Militello has lit performances by notable musicians Tom Waits, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and received numerous awards including “Themed Lighting Designer of the Year” from Lighting Dimensions International. She was honored for her work on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Militello was appointed Head of Lighting Design Program at CalArts in 2011.

Light Cycles
World Financial Center, Winter Garden and Plaza
220 Vesey Street between West Street & North End, New York City
On view sunset to midnight daily through March 30  

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