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Prismatic_NYC Kinetic Light Sculpture

Hyphen Labs

Barcelona-based interaction studio Hyphen Labs and New York’s Interior Architects have teamed up to develop this luminous-kinetic sculpture oscillating above The High Line in New York City. Prismatic_NYC is comprised of 66 individual prisms, each driven by a brushless motor together beaming over 40,000 integrated LED’s. Prismatic allows the viewers 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 the 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.

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all images and video courtesy of Hyphen Labs