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PRISMATIC_NYC is a kinetic sculpture . It adapts real-time data into a physical visualization, bringing the fluctuations and flow of the outside world, inside.

Prismatic, NYC 2016

Creative Direction: Hyphen-Labs
Technical Director: Dan Moore
Fabrication: RMI
Producer: Bill Galusha
Client: Interior Architects

Prismatic_NYC is a luminous-kinetic sculpture oscillating above The High Line in New York City.  Measuring 70’ x 10’ (25 m x 2.5 m), Prismatic is comprised of 66 individual prisms, each driven by a brushless motor together beaming over 40,000 integrated LED’s.  Prismatic allows us to meditate on the beauty of light, geometry, and waveforms.  Each side distinguishable from the other as they absorb, reflect, and generate light.  Harmonious luminescent rotations broadcast oscillating waves that spread out through the space and constantly reflecting our changing environment.

A long pedestrian bridge located high across a New York City street connects the tech company's headquarters to their new office building above the Chelsea Market. The Prismatic sculpture cycles through space from its installation on the ceiling of the bridge.  Prismatic’s performance can be altered programmed and controlled but moves in response to current weather conditions. Measuring data, such as cloud cover, wind speed, humidity, and accumulation or intensity of precipitation, directly affect the amplitude, frequency, speed, and position offset of the generated and animated wave form the sculpture is moving to.   Temperature changes generate a noise function that develops the sculptures color and light behavior.  It also has a calendar and receives API data to understanding the current season or holidays, sunrises and sunsets, tidal movements, and lunar and celestial events, always changing, and never the same.

The design of the tapered prisms went through various iterations.  Generative and parametric design approaches ensured the optimization of the visual experience.  The prisms’ physical components, fabrication, applet,  website, and experience are of custom design, using the highest quality materials to ensure maximum performance for the next five years.