Interactive sculpture opens at Domino Park
by Jacob Henry
Mar 11, 2021 | 2258 views | 0 0 comments | 391 391 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jen Lewin’s “Reflect” opened at Domino Park on March 5. (Photo: Samantha Matson)
Jen Lewin’s “Reflect” opened at Domino Park on March 5. (Photo: Samantha Matson)
An immersive art exhibit featuring ever-changing colors and compositions has opened at Domino Park in Williamsburg.

Created by the acclaimed artist Jen Lewin, “Reflect” is a new installation that is using circles to represent social distancing, while still allowing visitors a sense of interactivity.

It spans 2,400 square feet and is made up of three concentric rings that will animate and glow depending on where people are moving.

Domino Park director Michael Lampariello said that he is thrilled to feature Lewin’s work on Brooklyn’s waterfront.

“As the uncertain start of another unprecedented year commences, Jen Lewin’s installation at Domino Park will symbolize new beginnings and togetherness,” he said.

“Reflect” is part of a larger 15,000-square-foot installation called “Cosmos” that was presented in Tokyo in the summer of 2020.

Lewin said her goal was to create an experience that will bring joy to people during this chaotic and unexpected year.

“It allows people to play on their own, but also to be reflective of other people,” Lewin said. “You have this connected experience in your community with everyone else.”

The top surface of the sculpture is made out of dichroic film that Lewin said gives her piece a “watery, ethereal” quality.

“To have that right next to the bridge and the sun and the river creates this really beautiful tie-in to the natural landscape there,” Lewin said. “And then to have it be glowing and playful at night, it’s definitely going to draw in a lot of people.”

She said software and elaborate technology within the platforms create the constantly changing colors.

“Underneath it, there's a very strong mesh technology,” Lewin said. “All of it was built, invented and created in Brooklyn.”

Lewin added that she is both an engineer and an artist, and uses both crafts for her structures.

“I studied actively in traditional arts, whether it's painting or drawing,” Lewin said. “But I also learned all of the hardware and software side of things. I created my own tools and my own ways of building hardware.”

Her studio is in Vinegar Hill on the edge of DUMBO, and while she grew up in Maui, Hawaii, she calls Brooklyn home.

“I love the interesting and diverse talent that is in Brooklyn,” Lewin said.

She said her goal is to continue pushing the boundary of “participatory public art” and make sculptures that bring people together.

“It's actually hard to make pieces that last and are durable, where everyone can play,” Lewin said. “I’m always trying to figure out how I can make public art that is more interactive. That’s a challenge I will have for my entire life.”

Lewin is working on a two new pieces that will be featured at airports in Miami and Minneapolis.

“Reflect” is free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

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