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Brookfield's Winter Garden will be lit for the holidays with high-tech illumination

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Howard Halle

From the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center to the giant menorah at Grand Army Plaza across from the Plaza Hotel, ’tis the season for lights in Gotham, and starting Dec 2, the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place is getting in on the action with an installation titled Luminaries. The piece is composed of 650 LED lanterns suspended in a grid from the ceiling. They’ll be hanging just below the tops of the atrium’s famous palm trees, providing a different sort of canopy for people below.

The lanterns glow in different colors, and are programmed to run a light show every two hours daily from 10am to 8pm. Plus, there’s an interactive component: Three kiosks that allow you to make a “wish” by a tapping a control that fires oscillating waves across the installation. The owners of Brookfield Place will match each wish with a $1 contribution to the GRAMMY Foundation’s high school music education program up to $25,000. Luminaries is designed by the Rockwell Group, whose other projects include the B&B Carousel Pavilion in Coney Island and the upcoming Culture Shed at Hudson Yards. So, check it out: You’ll have until Jan 10 to bask in the glow.

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