Reflective Crystals Brighten Up Lower Manhattan Plaza, February 28–April 15

Reflective Crystals Brighten Up  Lower Manhattan Plaza, February 28–April 15

The Downtown Alliance is hosting “Oscillation,” an interactive art installation created by Brooklyn-based design firm The Urban Conga at 77 Water Street’s privately-owned public plaza from February 28 through April 20.  


The installation features oversized, multicolored crystals that reflect their surroundings and can be played like a theremin, the only musical instrument that can make sound without being touched. The crystals work like antennas. They sense human activity and, as people move around them, become an “oscillator,” changing the frequency and volume of sounds through the disruption of electromagnetic fields.


"We wanted to bring some light and cheer to Water Street during these dark days of winter. We hope this fun and engaging light exhibition will brighten both the commercial corridor and faces of downtown workers and residents," said Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin.


This is the second annual public art activation by the Alliance for Downtown New York, following the successful installation of “Prismatica,” which brought an interactive trail of 25 oversized kaleidoscopes to three publicly-owned plazas along Water Street in 2019. The installation is a continuation of last year’s efforts to brighten the highly-trafficked path along Gouverneur Lane that leads to the ferries at Pier 11, and to showcase how creativity enliven public spaces such as Water Street.


The Alliance will host a community event to unveil the temporary installation on Thursday, March 5, from 5-6p at 77 Water Street with free cookies from Insomnia Cookies and hot chocolate from Gregory's Coffee.


“Oscillation” is presented by the Alliance for Downtown New York. Creation and execution is by The Urban Congo. Tour production facilitated by Creos.