School project illuminates mysterious Hudson island

Irvington High School art teacher Thom Johnson has a passion for Bannerman?s Island and the aging castle that defines it. That passion inspired two of his students to embark on a journey of their own. Matt Marks and Adam Farber embraced a six-week project with award-winning lighting designer Deke Hazierjian to illuminate the castle walls for all to see and document the process. Over two nights, spectators witnessed the castle walls brimming with new life and light.Scotsman Francis Bannerman purchased the island in 1900 and stored military goods in the castle. The island is now a part of the New York State Parks Department.

Hazierjian says he wants to do a project on the island again in two years, but in a grander fashion. As for the future of the island, the Bannerman's Castle Trust is raising money to stabilize some of the ruins.

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