Luminous Edge

Submitted by James Carpenter

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Client: City of Hoboken

Location: Hoboken, NJ, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $1,300,000

Project Team

Landscape Architect

Michael Van Valkenburgh

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Artist

James Carpenter

James Carpenter Design Associates

Overview

Pier C Park, Hoboken, NJ
Machined, cast and welded stainless steel, LED lighting
450 units, each 50” W x 42” H
The “Luminous Edge” that surrounds this new island park is simultaneously a place for repose and a way-finding device at night. The handrail’s nautical language of parts is custom and were developed uniquely for this project.

Goals

The “Luminous Edge” that surrounds this new island park is simultaneously a place for repose and a way-finding device at night. The handrail’s nautical language of parts is custom and were developed uniquely for this project. At night the pier’s architectural identity, a play of curvilinear and linear forms, is seamlessly achieved by the handrail’s integration of lighting. The handrail system allows for a soft even illumination of the promenade’s surface without interfering with the magnificent Manhattan skyline beyond.

Process

The project came about through a competition to integrate art into Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates' landscape design for the City of Hoboken's Pier C Park, a park jutting out into Hudson River from New Jersey's shore. JCDA was selected and proposed a railing system that would highlight the park's curvilinear edge day and night. Working with a manufacturer of filtration technology and with their long time structural metal fabricators, JCDA designed articulated fittings that would allow the railing to conform to the park's plan while distributing highly controlled levels and projections of light.

Additional Information

The artwork survived Hurricane Sandy's severe flooding.