Every year during the holiday season New York City shines a little bit brighter with the festive lights strewn across it. To put a new spin on this tradition, New York-based firm Rockwell Group, founded by David Rockwell, came up with a light installation for Brookfield Place—formerly known as the World Financial Center before its recent $250 million renovation. As their first exploration in architectural lighting design, the designers put up 650 floating LED lanterns to serve as Battery Park's equivalent to the Rockefeller Center's monumental Christmas tree.

The concept was inspired by sky lanterns in Mexico and the traditional Lanna festival in Thailand. For visitors passing under it, the installation is supposed to feel like a magic carpet, with three special "wishing stations" placed within the Winter Garden of Palm trees. To interact with these podiums, visitors can put their hands on the touch-sensitive structures, and a ripple of colors shoots through the lanterns. When wishes meet, the colors collide to create a multicolored canopy.

To read more about this project, head over to Fast Company.

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