Constellation was a large-scale sculptural project installed around the ruins of Bannerman’s Castle on Pollepel Island in the section of the Hudson River that passes through Hudson Highlands State Park. Every evening, as the sun went down, starry lights emerge one by one with the stars of the night sky, creating a new constellation and connecting past and present through this light-based public art project. There were 17 points in Constellation.
Each point of light is a solar powered LED installed on the top of an aluminum post, ranging in height from 40 to 80 feet, giving the appearance of each light floating seamlessly in the night sky. The project launched in late June, 2015 and was on view through October 2017. Constellation had many varied vantage points including boat and kayak tours, commuter trains, hiking trails, and roads on both sides of the river. For more information, please visit melissamcgillconstellation.com