There's a new set of stars shining over the ruins of Bannerman Castle, a former military surplus warehouse on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River 60 miles north of Manhattan. It's the work of Beacon, New York-based artist Melissa McGill, who grew curious about the island and its mysterious brick and stone structure as she passed them by train.
After researching the island's history, McGill worked with local preservation groups to install 17 poles around the ruins, ranging in height from 40 to 80 feet, each with a solar-powered LED light on top. One by one, the lights turn on at sunset, creating a new constellation above the ruins.
Some lights mark a current architectural feature of the castle; others mark what was once there. Together, they create a set of stars connecting the castle’s past to its present.
Constellation will shine above Bannerman Castle for the next two years. Check out the photo essay below for more about the history of this island and how this public art project is shaping the skies.... Read More →
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