YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, among officials, were on hand Wednesday for the launch of Experience Yonkers, an urban light and sound display in the Yonkers waterfront.
The interactive urban experience will feature art and music projected on the exterior side wall of the Yonkers Riverfront Library, on the sidewalks of Getty Square and under the Main Street overpass.
Experience Yonkers content will feature video, music, art and information relating to Yonkers and its community. Yonkers is the first city in the U.S. to permanently install and display this technology, created by Gotham Innovation Greenhouse.
“Yonkers is creating an interactive urban experience and destination that is inviting and innovative for our residents and visitors to enjoy,” Spano said.
Experience Yonkers will feature video content that will run each night at Yonkers Riverfront Library at Larkin Center and in Getty Square while sound will play from speakers mounted on nearby streetlight posts.
The installation also will include colorful moving light shows and exterior wall lightings under the Main Street overpass that can be created and changed daily.
Spano acknowledged Gotham Innovation Greenhouse for "investing" in Yonkers, said a release.
"I want to give a special thanks to Gotham Innovation Greenhouse for investing here so that Yonkers can continue to engage its residents and be the place for live, work and play."
"There have been wall projections and technology like this in a few U.S. cities and several in Europe -- but those have mostly been for short-term art festivals," said Norm Jacknis, president and co-founder of Gotham Innovation Greenhouse.
"Yonkers is the first big city in the country to create a permanent installation of this kind to bring history, performance, interactivity and inspiration on a permanent basis.
Yonkers residents will eventually be able to submit video footage or musical selections as part of Experience Yonkers’ digital content via the city’s website at www.yonkersny.gov .
Gotham Innovation Greenhouse is a nonprofit organization that aims to bring new and delightful urban experiences to the residents of large cities through the latest in new digital technologies.