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A trailer for the Origins project highlighting New York's founders

Origins Project Trailor – New York’s Founders

Evolve has partnered up with Origins in New York to help create a series of projections, holograms and light sculptures of New York’s founders. Check out this Origins Project Trailer – New York’s FoundersThe Founder’s life stories will be projected around Battery Park on buildings, fences, walls, airshafts, trees and the Hudson River. Accompanied by lively recordings based on the experiences of the early settlers, Origins will provide visitors with a dynamic step back in time to the beginnings of New Amsterdam/New York.

Meet some of New York’s (or New Amsterdam’s as it was called until 1664) early settlers:

American Indians – the original settlers of ‘Mannahatta’, or ‘Manahatouh’ in the Munsee language:  ‘the place where we get bows’

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

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

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

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

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

Griet Reyniers – (Dutch Republic) New Amsterdam’s infamous prostitute, wife of the Moroccan pirate Anthony van Salee

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

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

Jacob Leisler – (Germany) an influential business- and political figure who was pardoned shortly after being executed by the British.

Please contact us if you know of other historic characters who should be immortalized. Through their life-stories Origins Project Trailer – New York’s Founders celebrates New York, the amazing  and diverse City of Opportunity.

From Sept. – Dec. of 2015 every night, from 7:00 pm to midnight, Battery Park will be transformed into a living open-air light exhibition. Visitors will come face to face with some of New York’s first settlers. Through their life stories we celebrate New York, originally called New Amsterdam, the enlightened and diverse city of opportunity. If you want a preview of this awesome project, check out this Origins Project Trailer – New York’s Founders video Shiva Kumar directed.

For more information on the enlightened Origins sponsor and partner benefits contact Evelyn Ellis or Gerard Jongerius.