6. Madison Square Park Unveils ‘Whiteout’

A look at the future Whiteout installation in Madison Square Park. Image ©Erwin Redl, Proposal for Whiteout, 2017. Steel and animated white LEDs, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist.

A luminous carpet of lights will cover the central oval lawn in Madison Square Park beginning on November 16th. The new art installation, entitled Whiteout by artist Erwin Redl, consists of 900 programmed white LEDs suspended from steel cable structures, which allow the orbs to move with the wind during the up-coming dark months of autumn and winter. They are arranged 46 inches apart, and two-feet off the ground, in a grid of squares.

Redl, who was born in Austria, splits his time between Ohio and New York City, and is a product of the Southern California Light and Space movement of the late 1960s. He is known for creating spectacular light projects, primarily on building facades, that have included the facade of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Breuer building (now the MET Breuer) for its 2002 Whitney Biennial.

Whiteout, by artist Erwin Redl, is the 35th outdoor exhibition organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and will be on view in Madison Square Park through April 2018.