Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Architect: Philip Johnson
Location: New York, New York, 1965
For the New York State Theater Kelly explored the use of crystalline structures for the design of the chandelier in the auditorium and the lighting of the balcony balustrades in the foyer. The chandelier in the auditorium had a diameter of about three meters and consisted of a number of smaller "diamonds of light". In the foyer, the luminaires on the balustrade were designed to look like jewels in a crown, thereby underlining the grandeur of the room. The light sources were shielded towards the front side of the balustrades, but on the inside their multi-facetted structure produced impressive reflections. This results in brilliance effects comparable with the sparkle of precious stones. In addition, Kelly also conceived the lighting in all the other areas of the Lincoln Center, except the interior of the Metropolitan Opera House.