“Light up NYC: COVID-19», A creative and informative LED light art installation, developed by the team at Collective of the Illuminate Cities project, is currently on Signage in the storefront of State Deputy Harvey Epstein’s office at 107 Avenue B, from 10 am to 11 pm, until May 17, 2021. It is free and visible to all who pass by. The installation is a large-scale lightbox in the shape of New York’s five boroughs and uses light intensity and color saturation to form data maps that help the viewer visualize the impact of COVID-19 on different communities, in turn following the most affected neighborhoods. pandemic and expose inequalities among those most at risk.
In an update sent to The Lo-Down, the team noted: “The facility will be updated in mid-April to include data on community-level health care access and rates of loss. local immunizations to provide a more in-depth look at the continuing impact of the virus and how it is increasing health disparities. “
The Illuminate Cities Project Collective is made up of a group of New York-based urban planners and architects, including Robyn Squires (founder, resident and third-generation designer of the Lower East Side) RYSQ), co-founders Alexandra Payne (Amplify Studio) and Domingo Abrusci (DASH Architecture), and Elisa Forlini (Chartered RIBA Architect) managing the lighting design. They write:
The installation gives the viewer a visual representation of the communities most affected by Covid-19 in terms of infection and death rates, then juxtaposes that information with racial and economic demographics for those same areas. Specific communities have been hit harder than others, suggesting and exposing underlying socio-structural problems. Viewers are left with a vibrant, powerful and enduring image of the impacts of the pandemic on specific neighborhoods. The illuminations are intended to sensitize and force the viewer to question the underlying structures that are at the origin of such sharp disparities within our city …
The project was originally launched last December at The Canvas on the Bowery.
Project manager Alexandra Payne wrote more about the project, in depth, here.