Glimmering ‘LightHenge’ Art Exhibit Coming to East River Park Next Week

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 at 10:20 am by
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This year was apparently designated the “International Year of Light” by the United Nations. It’s a commemoration that raises awareness of advances in “light science.” As such, an ambitious sculpture is headed to our neck of the woods to celebrate the honor. Enter LightHenge.

LightHenge is essentially an illuminated sculpture that takes creative cues from the famous prehistoric monument Stonehenge. The art project is the work of artist Antje Rieck and will occupy the grassy area beside the old East River Bandshell. Once installed, the exhibit will glow in the night sky and purportedly be visible from the Brooklyn banks.

LightHenge is composed of five distinct elements made from acryllic, and rising some six to twelve feet. Each piece of “stone” is embedded with a constellation of solar-powered LED lights that glimmer. Yet the sparkle component is not limited to nighttime viewing. Principal artist Antje Rieck is growing amethyst crystals that will then be shoved through the acrylic panels for added sparkle.

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LightHenge was conceived and implemented by an all-female team. Rieck joined forces with the West Harlem Art Fund and Black Girls Code to make it happen. It’s been in the planning stages for the better part of the last year, and will finally see the light of day next week – on October 22.

Get ready for the crystals.

Needle drop…

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