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Eye-tricking “windows” at NYC subway station give the illusion of looking into an underground park

by , 05/19/16



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Park Windows comprises a panoramic view of a brightly lit blue sky punctuated by clouds and glimpses of a tree canopy on a blustery spring day. Divided into separate frames, the installation was arranged and captured in such a way that suggests movement, change, and the “unspooling of time.” For instance, the film is manipulated to let the frame show through in certain shots and to layer images of the trees and clouds on top of one another.

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The manipulation of film creates an almost otherworldly effect on the installation, which looks at once familiar and unnatural. “Oates feels that these transitory spaces are marked by the presence of human energy that is continually changing,” reads a press statement on the MTA website. Park Windows will be on view at the 42nd Street-6th Avenue station through mid-2017. Kodak alaris and Duggal sponsored the exhibit.

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