New York City is full of pigeons and full of art, but rarely, if ever, do the two intersect. One artist is giving thousands of the flying critters a chance to shine, with the help of tiny LED backpacks. Each weekend between May 7 and June 12, artist Duke Riley will enlist his feathered friends to help with his Fly By Night installation, sponsored by the public arts outfit Creative Time.

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The sky-high light show will take place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where Riley will combine his two passions—pigeons and art. The Boston native has been raising pigeons for nearly 20 years, and jumped at the chance to put on Fly By Night, which he says will look like thousands of shooting stars flying in the night sky. “It’s combining all of my main interests and wildest dreams into one project,” Riley told DNAinfo.

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Not all of the birds participating in the project were raised by Riley. The feathered fliers come from various places and will all bring special skills to the art performance. Some will fly low, some will fly high, some will do flips and somersaults in the sky. And since each bird will be fitted with a special LED, their flight patterns will be lit up for all to see.

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Each weekend, the birds will be released just before sunset, and Riley hopes people will be entranced by the sight. “I think the most important thing is for people to really spend a tranquil moment when they’re not looking at their phones and actually just focus on the amazing nature that just exists around them every day in the city they often don’t pay attention to,” Riley said.

Admission to Fly By Night is free, but a reservation is required. Register online here to save your spot, or volunteer to help out behind the scenes.

Via DNA Info

Images via Creative Time