“Numinous, which is a concept derived from the Latin numen meaning "arousing spiritual or religious emotion; mysterious or awe-inspiring”
COVID-19 LIGHT MEMORIAL TRIBUTE FOR NEW YORK CITY
’NUMINOUS FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK’ is a proposed annual light installation consisting of twenty (20+, one light per one thousand deaths) powerful light beacons arrayed across the five boroughs of New York City. They would be positioned in each of the five boroughs and based on the number of deaths per borough. The intention of the project is to create a sacred space imbued with light, that would honor the victims.
New York City including the five boroughs, has been devastated by the Covid 19 pandemic. As of May 20, there have been at least 20,376 deaths, including probable cases. On Monday, the NYC Department of Health released data showing that death rates for black and Latino New Yorkers were around 200 people per 100,000, while death rates for white and Asian New Yorkers were around 100 people per 100,000.
Concept + Design: John Beckmann
Illustrations: Sara Kostic
Lighting Consultants: SpaceCannon, Italy
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