Tunnel vision helps New Yorkers find their voice - and stops traffic!
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
It’s a brave man who stops the traffic in New York but artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will do just that when he closes the Park Avenue tunnel with his new work.
From 7am to 1pm on Saturday, and for the next two Saturdays, New Yorkers will be able to walk through the road tunnel for the first time as part of the installation Voice Tunnel. In the middle there will be an intercom into which they can speak a message which will then be broadcast out in waves of sound and light.
A team of 30 will work through the night on Fridays each week to build the piece and then dismantle it in time for the traffic to roll again by 5pm on Saturday.
Fears that some may use the intercom to broadcast hate or incite panic have been allayed by the artist, who, while refusing the NYPD’s requests to censor or delay the messages, has conceded to a monitor. “We have a little delete button,” he told The New York Times. “Hopefully we don’t have to use that.”
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stephen Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Sderot cinema’ image shows Israelis with popcorn and chairs 'cheering as missiles strike Palestinian targets'
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’