Beyond identifying the daily and seasonal responses to light, pedestrians walking past are brought into the moment by the Dichroic Light Field’s constant spatial mutability.

Images

VIEW LOOKING NORTH ALONG COLUMBUS AVENUE
 

BOUNCED LIGHT FROM ADJACENT BUILDINGS ACTIVATES THE GLASS PLANE

THE DIFFUSED GLASS PLANE CAPTURES THE FINS' IMAGE AND THEIR SHADOWS, REFLECTIONS, TRANSMISSIONS AND REFRACTIONS

THE FINS' SPECIAL COATING AND POLISHED ENDS PROJECT A RANGE OF PHENOMENAL EFFECTS ONTO THE GLASS SCREEN

THE COMPLEXITY OF LIGHT IN THE URBAN CONTEXT IS  REVEALED BY THE ARTWORK'S SYSTEMATIC SIMPLICITY AND RESPONSIVE MATERIALITY

Description

Dichroic Light Field is an installation of glass fins on the east side of the Millennium Tower at 160 Columbus Avenue, New York, that breaks down the monolithic and opaque character of a block long brick façade by establishing an illusion of depth. JCDA analyzed the installation’s specific location and contextual topography to create a design that would register the cyclical passage of time and map the local urban fabric.

The artwork reflects and diffuses the light conditions in the sky, from leaden snow-clouds to the brilliant blue of New York’s brightest days, while broadcasting the mutability of light phenomena generated by the fins.



Client: Millennium Partners
Architect: Handel & Associates