18. The Nautilus at Seaport District

Located in the Seaport District of Lower Manhattan, this large-scale public art installation, a symmetric cluster of 95 interactive poles, comes alive under the direct touch of its viewers. It is a product of the collaboration between Lincoln and Atlantic Re:think, and is born from the mission of inviting passive viewers to engage with the art through sensory interaction and see it respond. The electrical field around the poles, like a touchscreen, can sense a hand’s touch and answer to it. Once activated, the poles light up and play a personalized melody.

Despite of–or perhaps because of being enabled by technology–this installation by the waterfront aspires to creating an experience that is inherently human. The Nautilus will be on view at Pier 17 in New York City’s Seaport District until September 10, 2019.