In our town we have many symbols. We have symbols of freedom, symbols of peace and symbols of hope. New York has been around for a long time and has been through many different periods where we needed these symbols to get us through life. Now, the Garment District Alliance has unveiled a free meditative public art installation that will infuse the Broadway plazas with flowing colors.

An oversized, illuminating lantern will serve as a symbol of hope, brightness and guiding light in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, as the Garment District Alliance unveils Living Lantern – an inviting, kinetic installation that offers a meditative effect through its mesmerizing movement and changing colors. As the wind fuels its movements, the lantern will come to life, with its outer membranes opening and closing, allowing light to filter from its core and animated light sequences to infuse the space with flowing colors. Living Lantern is free and will be open to the public through February 24th on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets.

Standing at nearly 14 feet tall and stretching 20 feet wide, Living Lantern was created by NEON in collaboration with Frankie Boyle, and is powered by WIREFRAME. The installation is part of Garment District Art on the Plazas, a year-round public art program made possible through the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art). Visitors are encouraged to share their Living Lantern experiences on social media. Sure, the installation is totally Gram worthy but don’t just do it for the Gram. Do it for your appreciation for all things New York and its way of delivering to you!

The Garment District Alliance aims to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan’s Garment District. Through programs in the areas of streetscape improvements, sanitation and public safety, marketing and promotions, economic development, and community service, the Garment District Alliance supports the neighborhood’s transformation into a modern, 24/7 destination for dining, nightlife, hotels and unique office space. This is just one example of what they do for you.

It’s free and its spectacular!

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