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May 9, 2016

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night

Thousands of pigeons with tiny LED lights strapped to their legs swooped through the darkening skies in a jaw-dropping display of beauty, but savvy New Yorkers gazing up at the performance art knew enough to keep their mouths shut.
As evening fell over the Brooklyn Navy Yard, once home to the nation's largest naval fleet of carrier pigeons, artist Duke Riley opened an enormous coop and released the homing pigeons of his "Fly by Night" project.

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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LED lights attached to pigeons leave light trails in the sky while they fly as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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LED lights attached to pigeons leave light trails in the sky while they fly as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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LED lights attached to pigeons leave light trails in the sky while they fly as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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LED lights attached to pigeons leave light trails in the sky while they fly as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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Pigeons with LED lights attached to them sit by their coops before becoming part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by artist Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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LED lights attached to pigeons leave light trails in the sky while they fly as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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Artist Duke Riley uses a flag and pole to direct pigeons with LED lights attached to them as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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Artist Duke Riley uses a flag and pole to direct pigeons with LED lights attached to them as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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LED lights attached to pigeons leave light trails in the sky while they fly as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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Pigeons with LED lights attached to them land as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by artist Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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Pigeons with LED lights attached to them land as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by artist Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Thousands of pigeons with LED lights create Fly By Night
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Pigeons with LED lights attached to them land as part of the "Fly By Night" art installation by artist Duke Riley above the Brooklyn borough of New York LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

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