Stargazers typically head for the country, seeking areas free of light pollution for the best views. But now an outdoor art display allows New Yorkers to see “constellations” they otherwise would miss.
“Reflecting the Stars,” which opened Aug. 30, features solar-powered LED displays — and acrylic sheet from E&T Plastics Manufacturing Co. Inc.
E&T recently donated the sheet to support the latest effort of Windmill Factory, an artists' group that creates public displays, aiming to generate awareness of social and environmental issues. “Reflecting the Stars” is designed to educate its audience about light pollution and techniques that can be used to prevent it.
The LED clusters are implanted in hundreds of decaying posts at Manhattan's Pier 49. By using an interactive control panel, visitors can illuminate the lights in patterns that reflect constellations that are no longer visible in the city. In the process, visitors can learn about the harmful environmental and economic impacts of light pollution.
Windmill Factory, based in Brooklyn, often works with corporations as a means of supporting its projects. John Morris, the collective's creative director, said in a news release that E&T was unusually forthcoming in providing assistance.
E&T, a Long Island City-based distributor and manufacturer, also has worked with artist Martin Basher and New York City's Public Art Fund.