Gallery: Aritist Molly Dillworth Creates a Tranquil Oasis in Times Squa...

The bold blue colors employed in the "painting" are designed to providing a soothing contrast to the chaos and visual frenzy that characterizes Times Square. Whether or not it achieves this is hard to say, but the blue swirls certainly have a calming effect on local pedestrians.

What appears to be a nondescript desert island is actually a painted reproduction of Manhattan based on NASA’s infrared satellite data. The ‘Hot Island’ represents Manhattan, reflecting the heat given off by building density. The waves of blue ‘Cool Water’ signify the cooler surrounding rural areas of the city. The painting’s light shades of blue both reflect and absorb the perfect amount of sunlight to provide a comfortable experience for visitors.

The installation will remain in place until the Times Square revitalization plan commences in 2012.

+ Molly Dillworth

Photos: Jill Fehrenbacher and Hannah-Clare Gordon


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