Saw Mill River Suspension

Submitted by Erwin Redl

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Client: City of Yonkers

Location: Yonkers, NY, United States

Completion date: Jan 01, 2015

Artwork budget: $125,000

Project Team

Artist

Erwin Redl

Paramedia LLC

Art Consultant

Bartholomew Bland

Lehman College

Overview

Kinetic Light Installation of 174 spheres with programmed red and blue high-brightness LED-lights suspended on stainless steel wires
33 x 7 x 6 ft / 10 x 2.1 x 1.8m (length x width x height)
Permanent installation Van der Donck Park, Yonkers, New York, USA
Public Agency: NEA “Our Town” Grant administered by The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

Goals

The installation activates the inherent, previously invisible energy under the Van der Donck Park Bridge. It exposes 174 suspended spheres to the subtle movements of the air current above the Saw Mill River.

The spheres appropriate the look of a fishing bobber. They float about six inches above the water to catch the air current over the river. Half of the spheres are white-blue and half of them are white-red. The two color combinations are arranged in a diamond pattern.

The breeze blowing through the spheres animates the entire group similar to the movement of a flock of birds or a school of fish. The pattern of the spheres in motion is reflected on the surface of the water. Together with the high-brightness LED lights embedded in the spheres, the installation creates a unique and ever-changing display of light, color, and reflection.

Process

The project was designed and engineered by the artist. The on-site installation was executed by the artist's technicians.