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Madison Square Park’s Next Art Installation Is a Giant Walk-In Camera Obscura

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If you though Leo Villareal’s neon-hued Buckminster Fuller tribute was a nice throwback, you’re sure to enjoy the next Madison Square Art public art commission, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s “Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation,” which, as its title suggests, will be a giant camera obscura big enough for people to walk into.

The 10 feet by 10 feet structure, which will be open from 10am-5pm, March 1-April 5, will allow visitors to see Madison Square Park and surrounding landmarks like the Flatiron Building in a new (but also retro) and upside-down light.

“This exhibition will allow for a unique and individualized experience for each person who comes to Madison Square Park, creating the feeling that life is a film and in real time,” Madison Square Art’s Martin Friedman curator Adam Glick said in a statement.

Gibson and Recoder’s collaborations were featured in Performa 09, the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and have been included in exhibitions at Tate Modern, the Kitchen, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and more.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Rendering of Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s “Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation,” 2013, at Madison Square Park. Courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy.)

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