From Grand Central, the SUMMIT NYC Air exhibit begins with a resetting of your senses. You ascend, breaking through into another realm.
You emerge into a boundless, structureless world, one with its own relationship to physics and time.
From a new perspective, you revel in the breadth of the spectacle and witness the ecstatic first moments of new visitors entering this NYC interactive art exhibit.
As the sun sets, the magic of Air takes new form as dramatic waves of color electrify Transcendence and Affinity, turning SUMMIT One Vanderbilt into a beacon of light and energy, visible to all of New York City and beyond.
With Air, I want to create a space where the intoxicating sense of aspiration and inspiration that New York gives me is shared with you, the visitor; a place that pays tribute to all that New York is, can be, will be. I want to create an experience that is personal to you, unique in every moment of every day: challenging, eye-opening, euphoric.
On the surface, Air is a simple idea, carried out in maximalist form; and you soon realize that its effect is deep and wide, upending sensorial norms and reconnecting you to your primal mind. Air defamiliarizes the world around you such that your relationship to it is undone. The process of finding a new equilibrium opens up a sense of elemental curiosity, and you are rewarded for your exploration.
Air is a space that is physiologically singular: your senses come alive. You look around, and what you see is ecstatic—a multiplicity of sky, city, and people. You take a step, and everything rearranges, at incredible scale, as if in defiance of physics. The countless planes of reflection make it feel like you’re suspended in air, with no single ‘you’ but hundreds, seen from every angle—inviting existential questions of identity.
Air is an immersion in nature in the heart of Manhattan, a Central Park in the sky—bringing the environment to New Yorkers and tourists alike in a whole new way. Whether sunrise or sunset, blue sky or clouds, rain or snow, weather patterns are magnified. On bright days, you feel warmth on your skin from every angle, as if you’re floating amidst the orbit of multiple suns. On rainy days, you feel as if you’re inside the storm, the vitality of the cloudscape enveloping everything around you. Whatever form the sky takes, Air changes your relationship to it, delivering a wondrous range of perspectives and promise.
Air is another dimension, where you discover that time rearranges itself as fluidly as the view. When the world around you is as beautiful in minute detail as in grand gesture, every moment has something glorious to offer, and the automaticity of your movements and thoughts recedes. Through its boundless juxtapositions of form, Air compels you to live in the present moment—calm, aware, free.
Air connects you to everything: weather, light, people. Air reveals shared consciousness, invites you to revel in collective wonder. Air serves as a monument for the unification of man and nature – a beacon of possibility, for New York City and everywhere beyond.