This coming Saturday evening, October 21st, people walking by the lake in Central Park will be treated to a stunning celestial display. 1000 drones will fly over the area and illuminate the night sky, reports Time-out.
Called “Franchise Freedom,” the outdoor public art piece was created by Dutch studio DRIFT with the goal of “exploring the relationship between people, nature and technology,” according to an official press release.
There will be three 10-minute shows throughout the evening:
- first at 19:00;
- second at 20:00;
- and the final at 21:00.
It's completely free and open to the public.
Visitors will be able to watch the performance from a variety of vantage points, but organizers recommend the following locations for excellent viewing opportunities:
- Bethesda Fountain
- Dead Road, Bandshell and Frisbee Hill
- Boat landing and overpass on west 77th Street.
This is clearly an ambitious project. The outdoor display took five years to complete and is now the largest piece of public art to take over Central Park since Christo and Jeanne-Claude's iconic painting "The Gates" was installed in 2005.
Franchise Freedom organizers also advise potential guests to download and listen to Joep Beving's accompanying soundtrack to truly enjoy the show in all its glory. You can find this music directly here.