NYC Tunnel to Become Temporary Art Installation


Vehicles will be temporarily banned from the Park Avenue Tunnel in New York so an artist can turn it into an interactive light and sound installation. Only pedestrians will be allowed into the 1,300-foot-long between 33rd and 40th streets on three consecutive Saturdays, beginning Aug. 3

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, who is known for his large-scale interactive art.


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