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Glow-in-the-Dark Sculpture Coming to LES Park

By Lisha Arino | November 16, 2015 3:53pm
 A model of
A model of "The Space between Us," an illuminated sculpture set to be installed in First Street Green Art Park in a few weeks.
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Henry P. Kielmanowicz

LOWER EAST SIDE — Pedestrians walking past First Park at night may notice a soft, green glow over the next few months.

An illuminated 12 foot sculpture in the shape of a crescent moon — dubbed “The Space between Us” — is set to go up in a few weeks and will stand in the park until the beginning of June, said Brooklyn-based artist Henry P. Kielmanowicz.

The crescent shape, which measures 5-and-a-half feet by 2-feet, is constructed with recycled glass and resin with LED light bulbs placed inside, he told Community Board 3’s Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Waterfront Committee at a Nov. 12 meeting.

The structure will sit on a vertical steel curve measuring about 10 feet high and will be connected to a wooden base. The base will also contain solar panels to power the light bulbs at night.

The illumination will be “incidental” said Jorge Prado, the treasurer and founding director of First Street Green, which commissioned Kielmanowicz to create the piece and has been working with the Parks Department to install it..

“Solar [panels] will just charge it during the day and in the evening the crescent will glow green and then it’ll dim slowly and fade,” he said at the meeting.

The committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of the installation.

“The Space between Us” will join another recently installed piece at the park, located on East Houston Street and Second Avenue,  called “Signpost (2007-2015)” by artist Stuart Ringholt, which went up on Nov. 10, according to the Parks Department website.

The piece — which incorporates a street sign with emotions printed on arrows pointing in different directions — was installed in conjunction with the artist’s exhibition at OSMOS Address and is presented by the project space, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and First Street Green.