We recently announced that the incredible Low Line Park project, which plans to transform an abandoned underground subway station into a flourishing subterranean public space, has started a Kickstarter campaign that is pulling in big bucks. Collecting more than $140,000 in funds already, the underground oasis is moving closer and closer to realization. In honor of this enormous backing, and to rouse up even more excitement, Mark Miller Gallery will be displaying a life-size rendering of the Delancey Underground throughout the month of April. In an exhibition titled "Let There Be Light," visitors can see the underground park at scale, examine the designers' 3D replica of the park, and learn more about the solar technology that can make the park possible.
Designed by architect James Ramsey, the principal of RAAD, in part with Dan Barasch of tech think tank PopTech, the Delancey Underground calls for pumping natural sunlight into the subterranean space with fiber optics. The team has already created a successful mini prototype of the sunlight irrigation system, and the money from their Kickstarter campaign will fund a large-scale prototype.
New Yorkers (us included!) can’t get enough of this one of a kind underground park. While the exhibition opening at Mark Miller Gallery will certainly be exciting, we’re already looking forward to what comes after that: a life-size demo of the Delancey Underground. In order to build the massive replica, Barasch and Ramsey are overhauling a now empty warehouse south of Delancey. Giant drawings and walkways will mimic the layouts of the project plan, complete with seating and plant life.
Barasch and Ramsey will be at the Mark Miller Gallery exhibition on the opening night, welcoming questions and comments. Stop by to see the plans in more detail and chat about what could be the next big thing for NYC. Mark Miller Gallery is located at 92 Orchard Street, and the exhibit will be up through April 29.