Constellation by Melissa McGill - CODAworx

Constellation by Melissa McGill

Submitted by Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry


Location: Beacon, NY, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $700,000

Project Team


Melissa McGill


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Adam Demchak

Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry


Kurt Hirschberg

Jan Hird Pokorny Associates

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Jeremy Pyles

Niche Modern

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Deke Hazirjian, Lighting Designer

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Thomas Tyler

Times Square Lighting

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Alberto Sid

MAF Technologies Corp. /Electronic Design and System Architecture


A new constellation emerges nightly over the Bannerman castle ruin on a mysterious island in the Hudson River, 50 miles north of New York City. Melissa McGill’s sculptural light-based public art project, Constellation, launched in June 2015 and is on view through 2017.


This constellation connects past and present through this inspiring light-based public art project and brings new energy to this majestic part of the Hudson River, and the Hudson Highlands State Park.


Artist Melissa McGill proposed this project to the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Preservation independently. McGill collaborated with a experienced team to translate this proposal into reality.

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Every evening, as the sun goes down, starry lights emerge one by one with the stars of the night sky. Hovering around the perimeter of the castle ruin, these lighted points refer to features of the structure still standing, as well as those details which no longer exist—creating a new constellation connecting past and present through this large-scale sculptural light-based public art project.