Origins – Light on New York’s Founders
Downtown Manhattan (NYC) Amsterdam and on-line, starting 2017.

We are commissioning innovative light artists to create a series of projections, holograms and light sculptures of New York’s founders.
Accompanied by lively recordings based on the experiences of the early settlers and the Munsee, Manhattan’s American Indians, Origins will provide visitors with a dynamic step back in time to the beginnings of New Amsterdam / early New York. Come face-to-face with the forgotten history of New Amsterdam and early New York! Click here to go to the Origins website.

New Amsterdam around 1660

You will meet some of the earliest settlers of Manhattan Island who will return as holograms, animations and filmed reenactments.Through these life stories we celebrate New York, originally New Amsterdam, as the amazing city of opportunity: Free, Inclusive, and Entrepreneurial.

Some of the Founders who will return to Manhattan as projections and holograms  in 2015:

Native Americans – the first settlers of ‘Manahatta’

Henry Hudson – (England) who dropped anchor in NY Harbor early September 1609

Jan Rodrigues – (Dominican Republic) New York’s first non-native American settler

Asser Levy – (Poland or Germany) Jewish activist and a successful mediator

Catalina Tricot – (France) Great-grandmother of over 1,000,000 Americans, with her Walloon husband Joris Rapalje

Manuel– (West coast of Africa) survivor of a public hanging, one of the first freed slaves in New York and farmer on what is now Washington Square

Adriaen Van der Donck – (Dutch Republic) lawyer, landowner and activist, whose nickname ‘Jonker’ lives on in the name of the city Yonkers

Griet Reyniers – (Dutch Republic) New York’s first famous prostitute

Peter Stuyvesant – (Dutch Republic) New Amsterdam’s one-legged, powerful (and last) Governor.

Margarita van Varick – (Dutch Republic) a 17th century businesswoman.

Jacob Leisler – (Germany) an influential business- and political figure.

Origins is intended to go beyond educational programming and be an artistic, mesmerizing piece with holograms, animations, and filmed reenactments. The illuminated walking tour will also be made available on-line.

Copyright Henry Hudson 500 Foundation, Amsterdam.