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Time Square Electronic Garden (2016)

An interactive installation of plants, lights and sound that lived in the center of Time Square for 24 hours, May 2016.


This pop-up installation “re-natures” Times Square so that the public can contemplate new natures within our cities. We invited people to explore soothing living vegetative surfaces and recognize the stark contrast of their hyper-electrified surroundings. 


An open central sphere was built for visitors to circulate through so that they could encounter a microcosm of hanging gardens. Around the sphere, there was a greenscape of serpentine living benches for rest, gathering, and contemplation.
The whole project, start-to-finish, was erected and removed in a 24 hour period on May 10th, 2016. It was a place to reimagine Times Square’s consumer culture into a truly sumptuous environmental future.

Co-Principal Investigators: Mitchell Joachim, Louise Harpman, Peder Anker.
NYU ITP: Namira Abdulgani, Kylin Chen, Ella Dagan, Jordan Frand, Michelle Hessel, Renata Kuba, Gal Nissim, Isabel Paez, Tigran Paravyan, Lutfiadi Rahmanto, Leslie Ruckman, Abhishek Singh, Edson Soares, Katie Temrowski, Jed Watson, Yan Zhao, Yang Zhao.
NYU Gallatin: Theo Mandin-Lee, Jordan Marks, Max Mezzomo, Valerie Mu, Shel Orock, Alex Selz, Henry Wang.
NYU Staff: Karim Ahmed, Jenny Kijowski, Nicholas P Likos, Lillian J Warner, Matthew Tarpley, Shandor Hassan
Film Media: Keith Miller.
Sound Designer & Producer: Shai Pelled and John Salveto at Metalform Studio
Sponsored by: GDNYU , NYU Gallatin School, Times Square Alliance, NYCxDESIGN, NYU ITP.

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