The Soloviev Foundation will soon debut “Field of Light,” a six-acre immersive installation along the waterfront edge of Murray Hill, Manhattan. Designed by acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, the installation will take shape at Freedom Plaza, an undeveloped parcel of land along the East River from 38th to 41st Streets.
The installation is scheduled to open this fall and remain in place for 12 months. Field of Light will feature 17,000 low-light, fiber-optic stemmed spheres that slowly change color throughout the day. Access to the plaza will be free of charge for all visitors.
“Field of Light at Freedom Plaza stands for boundless imagination and the freedom to dream,” said Munro. “It is my hope that it warms hearts and inspires both young and old to take from it and create something of their own to pass on to others.”
The area referred to as Freedom Park comprises little development or standing structures. Soloviev Group is holding off on any major improvements to the area in hopes the city will green light the development of a new casino. Proposed in collaboration with global casino brand Mohegan, plans include the construction of a 1,000-key hotel, two 25-story residential towers, a waterfront Ferris Wheel, and a below-grade casino and entertainment venue.
If the bid is not accepted by the New York State Gaming Commission, Soloviev Group is expected to move forward with its original plan to build a 1.2-million-square-foot office building.