The pandemic motivated lighting designers, architects, and artists to reimagine outdoor spaces with light. Outdoor art installations provided people with safe, open-air places to convene, while others helped stimulate business in neighborhoods negatively affected by COVID-19.
We spoke with Leela Shanker, the founder of Flint Collective NYC, and Rob Van Antwerp, director of Flint Collective NYC, to learn about “OPEN,” the first major art installation to debut in New York’s East Village during the pandemic.
“Vacancy is not a new issue on the streets of New York City,” Shanker said during our interview. “In the condition of the current pandemic and its resulting economic fallout, however, it is increasingly pronounced. Our installation was designed to raise awareness of the increasing blight caused by vacant spaces and start a dialogue about new opportunities within these spaces.”
Photo credit: Christina Wang, Copyright: Flint Collective NYC.
“‘OPEN’ was the first major art installation to go live in the neighborhood during the pandemic,” Shanker continued. “It allowed residents to experience art and their home in a new way while being socially distant. A number of the sites we had occupied had been vacant for months and have been rented with new businesses following the installations.”
Flint Collective NYC illuminated one of the boutiques with Luminii products, including the RGBW Tape Fixture, DMX driver and Decoder, and Aluminum Extrusion.
“The Luminii team was excellent,” Shanker said. “Ryan Raica-Scallan and Shelley Haniff are very knowledgeable about the product line and were very quick to help organize our list of materials. The team was also immensely helpful in managing the shipping process and confirming our timelines. We are grateful for their support and excitement to make this project happen in the interest of the community.”