Light on New York's founders

How New York became this amazing and diverse City of Opportunity. A living light exhibition in NYC, starting in 2016/2017.
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We are commissioning innovative light artists to create a series of projections, holograms and light sculptures of New York’s founders. Their eventful life stories will be projected around the park on buildings, fences, walls, air shafts, trees and the Hudson River.

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.

Downtown Manhattan, NYC

Coming Soon!

The indoor version of Origins will be on display in downtown Manhattan (NYC) starting in 2016/2017. Entrance will be at a fee, the location will be announced shortly. The walking tour takes 1 hour and will also be available online. There is still plenty of opportunity for refinements and additions. The outdoor version in Battery Park, featured in the Origins video,  is still on our drawing board - please subscribe to our newsletter for updates about this celebration of New Amsterdam/New York's legacy.

Watch the NY Origins official trailer

Meet some of New York's founders

  • American Indian Portrait
    American Indians (America)

    The original settlers of ‘Mannahatta’, or ‘Manahatouh’ in the Munsee language: ‘the place where we get bows’.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Henry Hudson (England)

    Henry Hudson dropped anchor in NY Harbor early September 1609 with his ship ‘Halve Maen’ (Half Moon).

  • American Indian Portrait
    Petrus Stuyvesant (Dutch Republic)

    New Amsterdam’s one-legged, powerful and last Governor.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Catalina Tricot (France/Wallonia)

    Great-grandmother of over 1,000,000 Americans, with her Walloon husband Joris Rapalje.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Asser Levy (Poland or Germany)

    Jewish activist, merchant, butcher and a successful mediator.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Griet Reyniers (Dutch Republic)

    New Amsterdam’s notorious prostitute, wife of the Moroccan pirate Anthony van Salee, and related to the Vanderbilts.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Adriaen van der Donck (Dutch Republic)

    Lawyer, landowner, writer and activist, whose nickname ‘Jonker’ lives on in the name of the city of Yonkers.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Jan Rodrigues (Dominican Republic)

    New York’s first non-native American settler, who lived on Manhattan in the winter of 1613.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Manuel (West coast of Africa)

    Survivor of a public hanging, one of the first freed slaves in New York, and a pioneering farmer on what is now Washington Square Park.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Margrieta van Varick (Dutch Republic)

    A 17th century businesswoman. After her arrival in Flatbush (Brooklyn) with her minister husband Rudolphus in 1686, she set up a textile shop.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Jacob Leisler (Germany)

    An influential business- and political figure who was pardoned shortly after being executed by the British.

  • American Indian Portrait
    Govert Loockermans (Belgium/Flanders)

    From rags to riches: cook’s mate, clerc, very wealthy merchant, brewer, founding father of NYC.


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Origins is presented by a spirited and strong group of American and Dutch partners. Come join us, together we will make this inspirational and timely legacy project happen.

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Join our group of sponsors and let your company or institution benefit from the excellent PR opportunities Origins has to offer. We need your help to make this exciting legacy project a reality and look forward to discussing sponsorship, partnership and other collaborations. For more information on the enlightened Origins sponsor and partner benefits contact Evelyn Ellis or Gerard Jongerius at, or submit the form below.

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Henry Hudson 500 Foundation, Demmerik 68, 3645 ED Vinkeveen, The Netherlands.