4. BEACON, a Shining Light in Flushing, Queens

BEACON interactive sculpture. Photo courtesy of Beam Center.

BEACON is a monumental 12-foot interactive sculpture inspired by American inventor Lewis H. Latimer. It was fabricated by Youth in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The installation is designed to illuminate its immediate surroundings with light based on the viewer’s proximity and direct interaction with the structure.

BEACON was created in partnership with interdisciplinary artist and educator Shervone Neckles, and represents the collaboration of young adults from around New York City recruited from NYC Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) Youth Services. It is on view at the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing, Queens. Beam Center is a Brooklyn-based non-profit that produces ambitious, collaborative projects with more than 7,000 NYC youth annually.