The artists Shagun Singh, Valeria Bianco and Michelle Brick, who go collectively by Artist Build Collaborative, have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete a project begun with a grant from the MTA: to create an interactive public sculpture and light installation under the BQE in Red Hook, near the currently-shuttered Smith-Ninth Street station. The installation, dubbed “Silent Lights,” would create shifting light patterns by night in response to traffic noise.
The “Silent Lights” interactive sculptural installation, Gates-like in shape, would straddle a heavily-used pedestrian passage beneath the BQE that, when the trains are running, connects Red Hook to the Smith-Ninth Street station. The brightly colored perforated metal structures would light up at night, their lighting intensifying and fading with the ebb and flow of noise from passing vehicles.
With well over a month to go to raise $15,000, and many more months ahead before the train station at the end of the glowing tunnel reopens, the three artists could conceivably finish installing the “Silent Lights” before the MTA is done its work on the station.