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Public Art Installation Sheds "Light" on Downtown Brooklyn

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It's a great time of year to enjoy outdoor art, including a new exhibit in Downtown Brooklyn that you can really be a part of. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

A colorful wind chime by artist Sam Falls is artwork you can hear and C, as in a 'C' scale because that's what you'll be hearing. And don't worry about that paint chipping, that's part of the experience and a reminder of the passage of time.

"It's kind of the same way you experience the sculpture and it leaves, you know, an impression on you, you leave an impression on the sculpture," says Falls.

Falls has five works of art on view at Metro Tech Commons. The colorful interactive pieces are inspired by everything from minimalist art to contemporary playgrounds. And you can easily leave an impression on a bench too. It's made with thermo-chromatic tiles so it reacts to temperature like a mood ring.

"Once you get up and there's this impression by the heat of your body that's left where you were sitting. So you know, it might not tell you your future but it can at least tell you where you were," explains Falls.

The exhibition is called "Light Over Time." It's organized by the Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies, which developed this area.

"So Forest City was really interested in Sam Falls' work because it's fun and interactive as you can see. So we've already seen children and the new residents here in Downtown Brooklyn coming interacting with the work playing with it," says Forest City Ratner Companies Senior Vice President Ashley Cotton.

"So we are inside Sam's light room and it has a stained glass ceiling above us that actually shines light from above at different points in the day. So every moment you're here is a completely different experience because the light changes above us," says Public Art Fund Curator Andria Hickey.

The exhibit is up through next May.

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