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Turning Noise Pollution Into Art Under The BQE

Think of Silent Nights as a smaller-scale version of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The Gates, with light and sound instead of saffron drapes, and an element of public safety to it. The Artist Build Collaborative is raising funds to install a series of lighted arches over a pathway under the BQE at Hamilton Ave. The arches would include an interactive lighting element that would respond to environmental noise (i.e. the roar of traffic passing overhead) in the area. And the project would also serve the purpose of directing people along a hard-to-see pathway under the BQE to the neighborhood's nearest subway stop at Smith and 9th Streets.

The Artist Build Collaborative has already secured a $5,000 grant from the DOT to seed its project, but is turning to the goal-oriented fundraising site Kickstarter to attract an additional $15,000 in support.

· Proposed light installation responds to noise pollution in Red Hook [A|N]
· Silent Lights [Kickstarter]