Masstransiscope is a public artwork that consists of a 300 foot long painting made on reflective material and installed in the tunnel in the NYC subway. It is in a special enclosure with 228 narrow slits on the front side near the train and the painting on the far side. The inside is illuminated by fluorescent lights. You see the work through the slits and the light reflects off the painting and back through the slits. To someone who's passing by, it looks like an animated movie.
How does it work?
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Masstransiscope was conceived and created by Bill Brand with support from:
Theresa DeSalvio, Painter
Kathleen Ligon, Architect
Anita Contini, Executive Director, Creative Time, Inc.
Andrea Pedersen, Public Relations Director, Creative Time, Inc.
Nancy Princenthal, Exhibitions Director, Creative Time, Inc.
originally sponsored in 1980 by Creative Time, Inc. and supported in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
American Stock Exchange
Chase Manhattan Bank
with in-kind support from
Restored in 2008 by Bill Brand with cooperation from:
MTA Arts for Transit
and with assistance from:
Michael Strasser, ShelterExpress/MetroClean Express
Miwa Yokoyama, NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program
Alice Moscoso, New York University Libraries
Restored in 2013 by Bill Brand with assistance from:
Sandra Bloodworth, Director, MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design
Katherine Meehan, Manager, MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design
Bill Matheson, Transit Line Manager, MTA
New York University Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program
Elizabeth Hobson, Mike Smith, Yunsung Jang at the New York Academy of Art
Shira Peltzman, Jieun An, Andrea Callard, Luke Callard Geller, Linda Fenstermaker, Walter Forsberg, John Klacsmann, Brian Spinks, Erik Piil, Jo Brand, Katy Martin