My newest (and most excellent) iPhone app, NY ArtBeat lead me to this gorgeous art installation last week while strolling through the Lower East Side. It's entitled "Vaga Lume" by artist Valeska Soares. It's a large grid of thousands of light bulbs installed onto the ceiling, each one with it's own chain switch that can be turned on and off by the viewer. In Portuguese, the title means light that is subtle/vague or transient. Visually, it's quite stunning (even during the day) and the thousands of chains hanging down look like a waterfall or even rain. It's an art piece that begs to be experienced in person. The viewer is forced to walk through the veil of chains very slowly and carefully. I could have stayed there for hours. The interactive element of the piece makes the viewer as much a part of the work as the work itself. Beautiful and brilliant. :)
Hurry, the show closes in 3 days.
all photos by myturtleneck