Katie Walters and Alyssa Naylor, CFNN Reporters

One of the main 25 prism towers displayed around Downtown Fayetteville.

If you’ve been to Downtown Fayetteville recently, you might have noticed the unique, tall, and colorful prisms scattered around the area. These are part of an art exhibit titled “Prismatica.”

With the help of Cool Spring Downtown Fayetteville and the PWC, Prismatica is here to show us a new and vibrant perspective of our city.

A description of the art exhibit
is displayed in front of the Arts Center.

You can find 25 of these 6-and-a-half-foot-tall towers planted in front of the Arts Center, City Hall, Cross Creek Park, and at the end of Person St. They were installed on September 29, and were lit for the first time on the 30th. 

These “rotating rainbows” were created by a collaboration with the Toronto-based architectural firm RAW Design and the Montreal-based architectural firm ATOMIC3. Since 2014, these prisms have traveled all over the world!

They debuted in the Place des Festivals in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles, and after visiting 26 cities in 5 different countries, they have made their way to Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

While they may just appear as a normal art installation, these towers are interactive! They spin, and contain chimes in the inside. They are also placed accordingly to social distancing guidelines.

Each prism is placed at an appropriate distance apart, letting CFNN Reporters Lorelei Harr and Alyssa Naylor experience the exhibit safely!

The prisms are lovely to experience during the day, especially when the sun is shining through the panels. Each one is covered with a dichromic light film, causing every visible color to reflect directly onto you and your surroundings. 

However, the real show is reserved for the night. Once it starts to get dark, the prisms light up, causing the kaleidoscope effect to reach its full potential. 

These towers will be here until October 31, so next time you’re Downtown, go add a little light to your day!