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Silent Lights is an public installation that responds to a large amount of traffic noise at a busy intersection in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Silent Lights began by winning a $5,000 grant from the NYC Department of Transportation to create a temporary art installation in various pre-allocated spaces.  It is a project that takes large amounts of traffic noise at a busy intersection in Brooklyn, New York and repurposes it into an incredible, interactive light installation.  Silent Lights is an architectural series of gates that frames a pedestrian pathway by day showing constant movement through shadows.  It transforms sound into patterns of light at night as it mimics movement with led lights, reflecting and interpreting movement and sound.  There are no blind spots, the path is always lit and each gate responds to create a dynamic installation.  Cars drive by, microphones pick up the sound from traffic, a computer processes the sound and triggers each gate to light up sequentially.  As noise increases, the light from each gate intensifies.


Where

Our installation is located on an isolated, pedestrian path under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway on the median of 9th Street and Hamilton Avenue.  The path is one of few connecting Red Hook, Brooklyn to the nearest point of public transportation – the Smith and 9th Street stop of the G subway train.

Why

Our project offers members of the community both on and off the path the opportunity to share an experience of light and beauty originating from the loud noise.  We want to create a reason to connect, provide a safer commute and give people the chance to slow down, interact with our project and smile.  We are collaborating with the IT consulting firm Control Group and the local organization Red Hook Initiative to use our project as a platform to introduce design, technology and physical computing to local teens.  They will learn how to create lighting systems, produce their own programs and test each one out on the actual installation.


Where Kickstarter comes in

Silent Lights needs your help to raise money to make this installation a physical reality. Your contributions will help pay for the materials, lights and the electrical components.  It will help pay for the fabrication, installation and transportation of each gate.  With your donation we can create an installation that brings a neglected site to life, provides light, increases safety and inspires and educates local teens in the community.  No contribution is too small.

Here are our awesome gifts inspired from the structural design of our gates:

The Silent Light Table Lamp for $500

The Silent Lights Tray + 4 Light Votives for $250

4 Silent Light Tea Light Votive for $100

4 Silent Light Coasters for $50

The Silent Light Bookmark for $25

Note about the gifts - For all the international gifts over $100, we will need to add postage as follows - $10 to Canada and $20 for International. 

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    Thank you!! Each dollar will help add another light or build another gate. Be a part of this exciting project that will add light, safety and a beautiful, interactive installation people will experience every day.

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    Congratulations! You will receive a bookmark made of perforated metal inspired by the conceptual designs for Silent Lights. You will also be listed on our website as a contributor to our project. (scroll down the page to see the prize)

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    You will receive 4 beautifully designed, sleek coasters made of metal with patterned perforations. You will be added to our website as a contributor and receive a virtual thank you from us over e-mail. (scroll down the page to see the prize)

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    You will receive a virtual thank you, be added to our website and receive a set of 4 beautiful candle votives emulating the play of light and shadow through each side. (scroll down the page to see the prize)

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    The Grab Bag. A thank you and add on to our site, a set of 4 candle votives AND a metal and acrylic tray to hold your other items and add color to your home. You’ve got all this, what more could you possibly want? (scroll down the page to see the prize)

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    The Big One…or actually a little one. A thank you note, add on to our site and a mini, conceptual version of one of the gates used in Silent Lights. It lights up, it has color and by pledging $500 or more, it will be a beautiful addition to your own home. A very big thank you in a small package for your support. (scroll down the page to see all the prizes)

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    You will receive all our gifts neatly tied in a bow. The gifts will include our silent light lamp, the metal acrylic tray, 4 candle votives, 4 metal coasters and our bookmark. This christmas you can change a neighborhood and in return get some amazing gifts for your home. (scroll down the page to see all the prizes)

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