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.
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.
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.