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By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

This Artist Is Helping New Yorkers Celebrate Christmas Under A Canopy Of Lights.

If you're looking for something spectacular and unconventional to see this holiday season, you're going to want to take a look at this. Created by design firm Rockwell Group and designer David Rockwell (a well-known Broadway set designer), Luminaries opened on December 2 in New York City, featuring 650 lanterns that glow in changing colors to create a massive, stunning canopy.

Though Christmas lights and the tree at Rockefeller Center are New York City Christmas staples, we can't help but appreciate this new approach to holiday cheer and festivities at Winter Garden in Brookfield Place, an office building and shopping center in Battery Park City. While many Manhattan buildings transform into ornaments in their own right (some of them even fastened with giant bows), the Luminaries display in Battery Park is an unusual taken on the season. See the photos below.

This is the canopy of Luminaries, lit up in a variety of incredible colors.

This is the canopy of Luminaries, lit up in a variety of incredible colors.

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As if the display itself wasn't cool enough, there's more: As part of Luminaries, three glowing Wishing Stations are positioned throughout, allowing guests to send a “wish” to the lanterns above by placing their hands on the touch-sensitive stations.

As if the display itself wasn't cool enough, there's more:  As part of Luminaries, three glowing Wishing Stations are positioned throughout, allowing guests to send a “wish” to the lanterns above by placing their hands on the touch-sensitive stations.

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Upon releasing their hands, the colors above begin to change.

Upon releasing their hands, the colors above begin to change.

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For every wish sent, the venue will donate $1, to $25,000 to The Grammy Foundation, which supports and funds music programming in the classroom.

For every wish sent, the venue will donate $1, to $25,000 to  The Grammy Foundation, which supports and funds music programming in the classroom.

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“It was time to think how to complement the celebration in Midtown,” said Arts Brookfield manager Debra Simon, in an interview with the New York Times. “It’s hard to outdo the tree in terms of a tree, but we have space. We have scale. We have volume.”

“It was time to think how to complement the celebration in Midtown,” said Arts Brookfield manager Debra Simon, in an interview with the New York Times. “It’s hard to outdo the tree in terms of a tree, but we have space. We have scale. We have volume.”

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While Luminaries was created specifically for the Christmas season, it would be a fascinating and welcome installation year-round.

While Luminaries was created specifically for the Christmas season, it would be a fascinating and welcome installation year-round.

Its creators, including designer David Rockwell, are calling Luminaries "transformative," meaning that it might be the beginning of a new kind of holiday decor and approach. One thing is for sure: Between this and the tree at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan has definitely got Christmas covered from all angles.

Sources: Imgur, Arts Brookfield

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