An iridescent sculpture seen at Burning Man is now on view at Brookfield Place

January 20, 2023

Pulse Portal at Brookfield Place New York. Artwork and photos by Davis McCarty

A new iridescent public art installation on the lower Manhattan waterfront shines with transforming colors and casts colored shadows that shift with the time of day. Created by world-renowned sculpture artist Davis McCarty, Pulse Portal is a 20-foot archway made of material that can change color depending on how the light hits it and the perspective of the viewer. Pulse Portal is on view at Brookfield Place’s Waterfront Plaza through March 10.

Last installed at the famous Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Pulse Portal is a 20-foot archway made up of materials designed by NASA that change colors when viewed from different angles.

As observers walk around the installation’s gemstones or through its archway, they can view a “rainbow palette” of colors and shadows that change throughout the day according to the position of the sun.

“The vibrant colors represent the diversity of humankind and celebrate the individual spark living inside each of us,” McCarty said.

The installation is part of Arts Brookfield, Brookfield Place’s public art program that creates innovative art installations and cultural experiences available to the public for free. For more than 30 years, the program has worked to adorn Brookfield Place’s public spaces, with captivating, thought-provoking works of art.


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