NYC tunnel to become temporary art installation

NEW YORK (AP) — Vehicles will be temporarily banned from a New York City tunnel so an artist can turn it into an interactive light and sound installation.

Instead, pedestrians will be allowed into the 1,300-foot-long Park Avenue Tunnel between 33rd and 40th streets.

It’s happening on three consecutive Saturdays, beginning Aug. 3

The New York Times ( ) says visitors will be instructed to walk midway and speak into a silver intercom. Their short messages will travel outward in waves of sound and arching light until they disappear.

The messages will come in quick succession, creating a rapidly changing ebb of sound and light.

The pitch of each visitor’s voice will determine the intensity of each beam.

The creator is Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. He’s known for his large-scale interactive art.


Information from: The New York Times,

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