Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mysterious noises? It is aural artwork! [Times Square by Max Neuhaus,2002]

If we are somewhere close to Times Square, I am always drawn to take a look despite being turned off by the large crowd. However, I don't seem to mind crowd in Times Square too much. It feels kind of cool seeing visitors from all over the world come to this one place! It is iconified as "The Crossroads of the World" for a good reason. I am sure if I ask each passerby where they come from, within an hour, I would meet thousands of people visiting from many different countries. There's no place like this. Anyway, this is why I like Times Square but also, there's always something happening. There could be an exhibition of some sort or special events. When we were there this past Sunday, we saw Fox Sports setting up for a Superbowl event next week however, there wasn't really anything else going on. That's when we remembered about this one permanent exhibit that is in Times Square 24/7, 365 days a year, that not many people know about. It is called Times Square by Max Neuhaus.

It is an aural artwork right in the middle of Times Square where thousands of people walk by every single day yet have no clue about it. Right off 46th street, right under my feet in the picture, there are "mysterious" noises coming from below the grates which emit loud harmony of bells and gongs to unwary passerby above. Most people think it is sounds coming from the subway but for those in the know, they stand around and let their curiosity get the best of them.

So next time you're in Times Square and want to get lost in the middle of the mass, stand there, listen, look up and all around and take a moment for yourself....Before it is ruined by the costumed Elmos, Woody, Naked Cowboy or Spidermans asking you to take a picture with them!

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