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Silent Lights proposal (Courtesy Artist Build Collaborative).
The Artists Build Collaborative is attempting to bring light and clarity to an area of Red Hook most notable for its darkness and confusion. The proposal, Silent Lights, is a system of interactive illuminated gates along a pedestrian path along Hamilton Avenue under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. With a high concentration of both human and motor traffic in the area, the installation will respond to the surrounding vehicular cacophony by translating sound pollution into light, allowing the auditory experiencee to be both seen and heard.
Silent Lights also seeks to aid pedestrians in their wayfinding experience through Red Hook. The gates stand atop a nearly unnoticeable path between cobblestones (a pre-allocated space for temporary installations by the NYC Department of Transportation) beneath the BQE that leads to and from one of the only subway stops that services the area at Smith and 9th streets.