REFLECTING STARS

"At Reflecting the Stars' unveiling, after speakers discussed light pollution and the importance of humility in the face of stars, a woman whose mother had recently died came to spread her ashes across the lights. She spoke about how her mother would be moving on to a new galaxy this way." WIRED

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Reflecting the Stars attached custom wirelessly-controlled solar-powered LEDs to the decaying posts of Pier 49 in the Hudson River to recreate our night sky. Nightly, lights twinkled in various patterns as the tides concealed and revealed our LED stars. Visitors pressed buttons highlighting constellations, no longer seen in urban centers because of air and light pollution. The project gathered thousands of visitors, became the poster project of NYC's Climate Week, and was featured in New York Times, Wired, Dwell, and many other publications.

Pier 49 at Bank Street in Manhattan, NYC

Concept and Direction by Jon Morris
Produced by Jon Morris
Engineered by Andy Baker with Adam Berenzweig
Programmed by Adam Berenzweig
Light Design: Rich Schwab and Andy Baker at Kontraptioneering
Plaque design by Nick Bastis
Production support by Abram Lewis-Rosenblum
Star Dedication Website by Sara Chai Butler
Key Production Support by Ana Luiza Constantino, William Oberlin, Corrie Van Sice, Aparna Sundaram, Gabriella Levine, Lynn Burke, Shana Tribiano, Danielle Pinna, Justin Boone, Jeff Yurcan, Aparna Sundaram, Chris Berlin, Joanne Solomon, Emily Davis, Michael Mathis, hundreds more volunteers.
Special Thanks to Tyler Gilstrap, Marcus Swagger, 11th Street, Molo Design, Moment Factory, and Cipriani.
WIRED -- "At Reflecting the Stars' unveiling, after speakers discussed light pollution and the importance of humility in the face of stars, a woman whose mother had recently died came to spread her ashes across the lights. She spoke about how her mother would be moving on to a new galaxy this way."
NEW YORK TIMES -- “It’s a way for New Yorkers to see the skyline they didn’t even know they were missing.”
DWELL --  in praise for Reflecting the Stars, State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said, "Every child, should be able to see the night sky."