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‘Flatiron Reflections’ is here for the holidays

Photos courtesy Van Alen Institute.

Flatiron has received a shiny new art installation for the holidays. The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District and Van Alen Institute have installed Flatiron Reflection— a “bundle of shimmering tubes” that will occupy the public plaza near the Flatiron Building until January 1, 2018.

The fluted public installation was designed by Brooklyn-based design firm Future Expansion and was the winner of the fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition. According to a press release, the project is “designed to be experienced both up-close and from a distance,” allowing for a unique interaction and immersion experience.

“As you walk around it, the play of light, shadow, and reflection changes its appearance against the background of buildings and trees. From a distance, the folds create soft reflections that become clearer as you approach; indistinguishable shapes sharpen into hazy impressions of familiar landmarks.”

Designers of Flatiron Reflection say that the installation is designed for “three scales of experience” with the creased exterior making space for individuals, the interior offering room for small groups, and the “north-facing wedge” forming a platform.

Flatiron Reflection will be open daily to the public between now and January 1.