Hammocks and winter weather aren't two things that typically go hand-in-hand, but that didn't stop New Yorkers from getting their swing on this week at the grand opening of the new Flatiron Sky-Line holiday light installation in the Flatiron District. The brainchild of LOT Architecture, the eye-catching illuminated structure beckoned passersby to forget the frosty air and gaze up at the many architectural icons that surround the North Public pedestrian plaza while relaxing in one of the installation's white woven hammocks.
Flatiron Sky-Line was the winner of the Van Alen Institute and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District‘s 3rd annual competition to design an engaging and interactive public art installation for the neighborhood’s “23 Days” of holiday activities in the North Public Plaza.
“The holiday installation is now a tradition in the district that is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. It provides a festive experience on the Public Plaza during the holiday season,” said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership. “Flatiron Sky-Line most certainly will become a destination for people who already are in love with Flatiron – or are visiting our neighborhood for the first time.”
Dazzling in its simplicity, the installation is made up of ten large powder-coated steel arches laced with LED light elements that illuminate the structure at night. A series of woven hammocks suspended from the arches allow visitors and selfie-takers to take a load off and enjoy the surrounding architectural attractions, like the Flatiron Building and Empire State Building, from a new perspective.
“[Flatiron Sky-Line] is an exciting opportunity to engage with a local site and designer,” said David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute. “LOT’s Flatiron Sky-Line offers a chance for visitors to the plaza to pause and witness the spectacular landmarks and invigorating street life of the neighborhood.”
Flatiron Sky-Line will be on view at the North Public Plaza through the holidays.
Photos: Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat