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A rendering of “Urban Flourish” by Robert Montengero
Photograph: courtesy of the artist

An immersive light festival is about to give Lower Manhattan a literal glow-up

Experience projection mapping, interactive video and light during a dance party near the Hudson River.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

The Oculus, the giant skeletal transportation hub and shopping center, is about to become a light sculpture for the very first time! A projection will bring the white metal-clad ribs and facade to life with a fantastical artwork across three nights.

The glow-up is part of IlluminationNYC, a free, large-scale outdoor light show across two Lower Manhattan locations over three nights from May 2 to 4. 

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The festival will create a dreamy oasis of light artists, live performers and DJs at Battery Park City in Belvedere Plaza, located on the elevated northwest corner above North Cove Marina. DJs will perform and local and international light artists will show off their work across three nights.

The festival at Belvedere Plaza begins on May 2 (7:30-10:30pm), May 3 (7:30–11pm) and on the closing night, May 4 (7:30–11pm) there will be a Star Wars-themed silent disco by QuietEvents. 

Photograph: courtesy of IlluminationNYC | silent disco

And as mentioned earlier, the Oculus will be lit up each night with “Urban Flourish” by Robert Montengero, which you can view from the west side of the Oculus facing Greenwich Street. It’ll run every 10 minutes, starting at 8pm and running until 11pm, each night.

“The architecture of World Trade Center Oculus showcases the vibrant and creative atmosphere that makes the campus a destination,” said Jolene Yeats, director of the World Trade Center Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “Hosting the Illumination Spring Showcase invites the public to experience the campus in a whole new light and also adds to the diverse event programming that is happening in Lower Manhattan.”

“Light art has the power to move people in ways that other art forms cannot and having Battery Park City and World Trade Center as a canvas for artists to create upon will be fantastic for the whole community,” Ron Fisher, Executive Director & Founder of IlluminationNYC, also said in a statement.

You can RSVP for the free events here!

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