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Babel Kircher NYC, Jean-Francois Rauzier. Image via Waterhouse & Dodd

November is kicking off with artistic explorations of current affairs, ranging from topics like immigration to feeding the hungry. Viewers will have the opportunity to nostalgically look back at the East Village art scene in the 1970’s – 1980’s, while our parks and public spaces will light-up with dazzling displays. In addition, a major Kusama exhibit will infuse this month with color, and photo exhibits will present our city through different lens.

Here are 14 art installations and exhibits not to miss in November (with a look back at installations from the summer still on view):

14. Future Expansion Wins the Fourth Annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

Rendering of Flatiron Reflections by Future Expansion. Image courtesy of Flatiron Partnership

This week, the winner of the fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition was announced by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alan Institute. Brooklyn-based architectural firm, Future Expansion, took home the title with its installation, Flatiron Reflections. 

The structure is comprised of a bundle of shimmering tubes that create a fragmented column at the scale of the public plaza; in addition to a panoramic central space that opens out like a stage onto the plaza, Flatiron Reflection’s fluted perimeter offers niches that can be occupied while its conical interior form isolates images of the Flatiron Building and other structures on the skyline. Flatiron Reflections was designed for viewers to experience both up-close and from a distance.

Flatiron Reflections will be installed for the annual ’23 Days of Flatiron Cheer’ in December of this year

The competition has “become a valuable platform for launching new practices, a visible celebration of inventive, temporary designs that enliven public space during a chillier season, and an opportunity to understand how these spaces impact our minds and bodies,” said David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alan Institute. Last year, visitors to the plaza had the opportunity to relax in a hammock with Flatiron Skyline; other past installations include Nova by SOFTlab in 2015, and INABA’s New York Lights in 2014.

Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion will be on view this December on the North Flatiron Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, and through the holidays as part of the Partnership’s “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming. The installation is permitted through NYC DOT Art and is open to the public daily, weather permitting, through January 1, 2018.

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