Closing Bell: Traffic Art Proposal Needs Funding


The “Silent Lights” art installation proposed for Hamilton Avenue near West 9th Street, right under the BQE where Carroll Gardens meets Red Hook, has got some attention already, but the artists group is still seeking donations to make it happen. According to Community Board Six, Artist Build Collaborative plans to liven up the dark path with arches that will light up with bursts of color from thousands of LEDs in response to ambient noise — most of it coming from the heavy traffic in this location. Pedestrians will be able to travel underneath the arches. While some of the proposal will be funded by the Department of Transportation, the artists still need to raise $20,000. If you’d like to contribute, you can make either a tax-deductible donation to Community Board Six or a non-tax-deductible donation straight to the artists. The group is currently testing the proposal and hopes to begin installation by March 31, 2013.

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  • There are pedestrians who walk along under the BQE???

  • There are a lot of pedestrians that cross there to get to and from Red Hook and yes, there is a lot of noisy traffic. It would be great to improve the crossing, but I don’t understand this project. Why would a pedestrian who is already bombarded with noise want to be subjected to bursts of bright colors at the same time? It sounds a little cruel.

    Its also an area that doesn’t feel super safe, so going through these arches and having ones visibility reduced is not appealing either.

  • I agree. As someone who does make that walk under the BQE to get to the train I do worry about the way this effects visibility. From the renderings I worry I’d feel a little trapped. The flipside is that anything that would brighten up that underpass and make it feel more inviting would be welcome.

  • I agree. As someone who does make that walk under the BQE to get to the train I do worry about the way this effects visibility. From the renderings I worry I’d feel a little trapped. The flipside is that anything that would brighten up that underpass and make it feel more inviting would be welcome.