When is a folly more than a folly? The recently installed New York Light, designed by INABA, takes its cues from its site, Flatiron Plaza. The wedge-shaped form recalls the historic Daniel Burnham tower, which itself draws its particular genius from its exploitation of the break in the Manhattan grid. “The Flatiron Plaza is one of the few places where it’s possible to truly experience the magnificence of Manhattan’s urban plan. And it’s a unique spot in the heart of the city where the sky and skyline can be seen from street level,” said Jeffrey Inaba, principal of INABA, in a statement. “The installation is meant to be a place to take in these qualities, as well as to appreciate all of the street activity day and night through its many reflective panels.”
Commissioned by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute, the temporary installation features a mirrored and LED-lit staggered grid, readymade for the age of the selfie. The newly reinvigorated Institute also recently opened a large ground floor space, further adding to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.