If you're in New York City and take a trip to the famous High Line park, look out for lights undulating from a skybridge near 10th Avenue. That's the home of Prismatic, a beautiful robotic sculpture that responds to nature. To really appreciate its full effects, however, you have to see Prismatic from inside the bridge.
Commissioned by Interior Architects, project director Bill Galusha was brought on to reallize the piece, which was inspired by trivision billboards. The piece of art is made up of a series of triangular prisms that, by turning, show their different sides. "There was an interest in creating a kinetic installation that could help to connect the interior of this pedestrian bridge with the outside environment,” says Galusha. "They had come up with an idea for a piece that had a substantial low tech physicality to it, but was still capable of dynamic change and transmitting information."
Prismatic takes its viewers a step closer to the outside world. The work is programmed to change the movement of its panels and the light they display according to weather metrics like wind, humidity, sunrise and sunset times, and cloud cover. It’s a weathervane that doesn’t actually need to feel the touch of the wind, a sculpture that’s strangely alive.
Though it occupies a private office space, the amount of foot traffic on the bridge ensures that hundreds of people will be able to experience Prismatic every day. And, as Galusha points out, "the light and motion is visible from the street and the High Line, so in a way it is contributing to the public environment, even if only to get people intrigued about what is happening."
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