New York Light

Public Art
New York, USA
Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership
Van Alen Institute


The Flatiron Plaza is a unique space in New York. Standing in the middle of the space, people can see two of the city's great landmarks: the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings. It is a place to experience the magnificence of Manhattan's urban plan - with a dramatic view of Broadway cutting diagonally through the famous grid. And because Madison Square Park forms a clearing in the urban fabric, the site is one of the few places in the heart of the metropolis to see the skyline from street level.


'New York Light' pays tribute to the special experiences from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. Designed to echo the form of the Plaza's namesake building, the prow of the steel tube structure frames the Flatiron. At the other end, it opens northward toward Broadway and Fifth Avenue, outlining a view of the Empire State. Visitors standing inside can enjoy these views surrounded by reflections of the immediate neighborhood from the hundreds of mirror-polished panels attached to the steel frame. And for the city that never sleeps, animated LEDs illuminate the plaza at night, creating an urban room for passersby and performers. You can view some of their #newyorklight photos on Instagram and Twitter.

Project Team

Design: INABA - Commission: Jeffrey Inaba, Darien Williams, Yoichiro Mizuno; Competition: Jeffrey Inaba, Zhonghan Huang

Lighting Design: Tillotson Design Associates - Suzan Tillotson, Erin Dreyfous, Megan Pfeffer

Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates - Nat Oppenheimer, Pat Arnett, Paul Laroque

Electrical Contractor: Walsh Electrical Contracting - Ryan Walsh, Mike Acquesta

Project Organizers: Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership - Jennifer Brown, Jane Kojima; Van Alen Institute: David van der Leer, Jerome Chou

Lighting Controls: Crestron Electronics - Andrew Gross

Lighting Supplier: DLC o/a Fawoo Canada - David Nicoll

Lighting Drivers: International Lighting

Lighting Diffusers: Bartco


© Naho Kubota 2014

© Cameron Blaylock 2014