Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project by artist Erwin Redl (Austrian, b. 1963) is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The orbs will be opportunistic, gently swaying with the wind currents from their positions of two feet above the ground plane. The white LEDs are animated in large-scale patterns superimposing a virtual movement on top of the kinetic movement of the spheres. The sequence of light will be an incandescent treatment of urban public space across the dark seasons of the late fall and winter.
Erwin Redl is best known for creating spectacular light projects on the facades of buildings. Whiteout will be the thirty-fifth outdoor exhibition organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy.