Not even the rain could dim the lights on the Howard Hughes Corporation’s launch of its winter experience, Sea of Light: An Interactive Journey Through Light and Sound, in Manhattan’s Seaport District this December, which will run through March 2018. Free to the public, each guest was given a wristlet that lit up in accordance to the choreographed light show, as well as performances from America’s Got Talent opera singer Laura Bretan and headliner AlunaGeorge.
The instillation itself, located in Seaport Square near the historic Wavertree and Ambrose ships (both to be decorated with a holiday tree in line with past traditions), is made up of a series of light sculptures up to 9 feet tall that house more than 150,000 individually programmable LEDs to resemble multiple rising suns. Each structure’s lighting is mapped in a 3D space, with sophisticated animations that feature a variety of evolving content, with ambient, natural colors melting together. Meanwhile, thermal cameras and LIDAR echolocation technology will map the cobblestones and allow the sculptures to respond to movement on the street and adjust their overall energy to contrast the surrounding environment. During the day, the sculptures will still shine through a glittery finish over their white polymer structures.
The installation follows the Howard Hughes Corporation’s Seaport Summer ’17, which highlighted the outdoor Garden Bar and Food Lab residencies, and continues its goal to revitalize the Seaport District. Other winter holiday features in the area include a curling rink, a Christmas tree market, a design-focused holiday market curated by WantedDesign, and cultural programming from the Black Gotham Experience.