That Time I... Went to NYFOL

This weekend DUMBO, Brooklyn became the birth-site of the first ever New York Festival of Light (NYFOL). A massive crowd of New York’s locals (and not-so-locals) gathered beneath the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge to immerse themselves in the underground culture of light art.

NYFOL is a collection of lighting installations and art pieces created by local and international artists. This expands way past just light techniques and involves everything from interactive music, 3D lighting, and music performances.

Scattered between the streets of Water and Pearl were wandering twenty-somethings, young artists seeking inspiration, or families and friends with a yearn for artistic liberation. I found myself in awe of the atmosphere-an inviting (yet bitterly cold) sense of community. Everyone was there for the same reason, to be apart of a unique and wonderful art experience, which automatically banned us all together.

A favorite installation of mine was called ‘Sounds of Nature’ created by artist Tupac Martir. Festival-goers were able to create a unique musical experience by simply tapping their fingers against a hollowed board. The sounds echoed off of other boards within the display to create a mix of tropical beats. Complementing the music were black lit palm trees and dimmed red light bulbs.

Directly under the Archway was the main stage, where artists blended music and lighting to create a ten minute performance. On the outside of the bridge, a projection turned the brick wall into a 3D art spectacle-displaying anything from trippy illusions to even scenery of reindeer carrying a sleigh up the wall (I had to do a double-take to make sure that wasn’t really happening). Other stations made use of string black lights, brightly colored light bulbs, and an interactive wall of neon writing.

The NYFOL offered me an eclectic new experience-one that I thoroughly enjoyed. My fingers are crossed that it will be back (and possibly expanded) next Fall!

Stay rad my friends xx

-Nikki

@nikkimogar

 

NYFOL is a collection of lighting installations and art pieces created by local and international artists. This expands way past just light techniques and involves everything from interactive music, 3D lighting, and music performances.

Scattered between the streets of Water and Pearl were wandering twenty-somethings, young artists seeking inspiration, or families and friends with a yearn for artistic liberation. I found myself in awe of the atmosphere an inviting (yet bitterly cold) sense of community. Everyone was there for the same reason, to be apart of a unique and wonderful art experience, which automatically banded us all together.

A favorite installation of mine was called ‘Sounds of Nature’ created by artist Tupac Martir. Festival-goers were able to create a unique musical experience by simply tapping their fingers against a hollowed board. The sounds echoed off of other boards within the display to create a mix of tropical beats. Complementing the music were black lit palm trees and dimmed red light bulbs.

Directly under the Archway was the main stage, where artists blended music and lighting to create a ten minute performance. On the outside of the bridge, a projection turned the brick wall into a 3D art spectacle-displaying anything from trippy illusions to even scenery of reindeer carrying a sleigh up the wall (I had to do a double-take to make sure that wasn’t really happening). Other stations made use of string black lights, brightly colored light bulbs, and an interactive wall of neon writing.

The NYFOL offered me an eclectic new experience― one that I thoroughly enjoyed. My fingers are crossed that it will be back (and possibly expanded) next Fall!

Stay rad my friends xx

Nikki

@nikkimogar