+ POOL Light is a public art installation in NYC’s Harbor designed by Family & PlayLab. The project visualizes the conditions of NYC’s waterways through a light installation and interactive website, posing the question: what can we do differently to further preserve and protect our waterways?
The public artwork is a precursor to the installation of + POOL in NYC that helps visualize + POOL’s water quality data. + POOL Light illuminates the physical conditions of the river to engage the public more deeply in water quality issues. Installed in NYC’s Seaport District, the installation comprises of a 50x50ft + shaped floating sculpture of LED-illuminated buoys that change in color based on the quality of water in the river in real time. Data collected to inform the lights is sent to an online dashboard promoted as part of the physical installation and explains the changing of the lights and the science behind it.
Free for the public to engage and enjoy, and viewable from a variety of geographic points in NYC–from the Brooklyn Waterfront to the Bridges connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan–the project offers the community a unique artistic lens through which to view their urban environment and raises awareness about the current state of our rivers.
The installation is designed by Family & PlayLab in collaboration with Floating Point and McLaren Engineering. Fabrication support is provided by the Beam Center through its student apprentice program.
+ POOL Light is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by Heineken.