Lower Manhattan has a dazzling new holiday attraction and it looks like it could become a new classic. Called Luminaries, the expansive canopy of 650 LED lanterns presented by Arts Brookfield and designed by Rockwell Group began lighting up the Brookfield Place Winter Garden earlier this month. The mesmerizing display is also interactive, and invites visitors to make holiday "wishes" by touching select lanterns, resulting in an eruption of color that pulsates throughout the entire canopy.
In the interest of making a wish, there are three wishing stations set up for visitors. By holding onto the cube for several seconds, it will activate with a ripple of the chosen color spreading through the canopy.
“The holiday season is so much about sharing moments with families and friends, as well as the act of giving that marks generosity and goodwill,” founder and President of Rockwell Group, David Rockwell, said. “Taking inspiration from rituals across the globe of offering light as a shared gesture, we conceived Luminaries in the Winter Garden to forge a new downtown holiday tradition in this monumental public space.”
The inspiration for the wishing cubes was drawn from traditional wishing wells by Rockwell Group’s interactive technology studio, LAB. The stunning display is made fully programmable and is able to glow in an endless combination of colors and sequences thanks to its LED technology.