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Topsy-Turvy being installed. Photo courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy

Topsy-Turvy being installed. Photo courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy

The next Mad Sq Art installation for the park, TOPSY-TURVY: A CAMERA OBSCURA INSTALLATION, will open in Madison Square Park Friday March 1st and run through April 5th, 2013. It’s the work of New York artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder and it will be hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

As you might imagine, the installation will utilize the ancient concepts of camera obscura, to reflect upside-down images from the surrounding park in a walk-in chamber with a pinhole-type opening. For more on the history of the camera obscura, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_obscura.

Topsy-Turvy is our homage to one of the earliest moving image technologies in the pre-history of cinema. The projected image inside our circular Camera Obscura delivers a topsy-turvy panoramic abstraction of Madison Square Park and the surrounding scenery around the Flatiron District.” – artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder

The installation is part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

(Artist rendering of Topsy-Turvy. Imaga via www.madisonsquarepark.org)

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