By Carol Tannenhauser
Those experiencing a “dark” winter might want to take an evening stroll around the Lincoln Square section of the neighborhood, where two installations are lighting up the night.
Amid the foliage of the Broadway malls, from Columbus Circle to 70th Street, 10 “spirit figures,” made of lights that glitter like diamonds, leap and tumble their way to Dante Park at 63rd Street, where they converge, across the street from Lincoln Center, which is also aglow.
The installation, called “Tumbling Brights,” was commissioned by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID), “to lift the spirits of residents and visitors to our neighborhood, and serve as a source of strength and inspiration to help us all through these challenging times,” said Monica Blum, president of the BID. “We took a leap of faith when we first started because…this is a big change.”
For the past 20 years, the BID has hosted Winter’s Eve, a multi-block holiday party, featuring food and drink from local restaurants, music, dancing, street theater, and other festivities. It was cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
“Emerging from darkness into the light became a key theme of this installation, and we are proud to support the Lincoln Square BID’s message of hope and resilience,” said Seth Tillett who designed the show, with his sister Linnaea Tillett. “Inspired by the neighborhood, the design also represents a show of solidarity for the arts and culture community and the hope that the lights of Lincoln Square’s performing arts culture will return stronger and brighter than ever before,” according to a press release. The show will run through February 28th.
“We felt that a flow of figures uptown from Columbus Circle and downtown from 70th street would deliver a dynamic gathering of spirits to Dante Park,” Tillett said. “While best known for The Inferno, Dante’s most luminous words are reserved for Paradise and the ceaselessly revolving lights of the heavens.
The statue of Dante is illuminated by “a constellation of stars.”
“Make sure you wait until dark for the best view and cross back and forth on Broadway because the views are different,” Blum advised.
And make sure your walk includes the plaza and campus of Lincoln Center across the street, which is also lit this holiday season.
“Elements of the installation include illumination of Josie Robertson Plaza, alternating between a warm and cool-colored light display; floating lanterns on the Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool in Hearst Plaza; and lights on trees throughout the campus,” a release said. There is also a new pair of murals on Amsterdam Avenue between 62nd and 63rd Streets. The installations become viewable around dusk and throughout the night, and will be on display through the New Year. Lincoln Center’s outdoor spaces are open to the public from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. Visitors are required to maintain social distance and wear a face covering when on campus.