Times Square Goes Underwater in New VR Installation This Summer

Times Square Goes Underwater in New VR Installation This Summer

Courtesy Time Square Arts

Looking for something really fun and different to do in Times Square this Summer? Times Square Arts, No Longer Empty and Queens Museum present artist Mel Chin’s large-scale sculpture “Wake” and companion mixed reality piece “Unmoored”—developed with Microsoft—to explore a surrealistic experience of rising waters in Times Square. The works will be active until September 5 at the Broadway Plaza between 46th St. and 47th St. as part of “Mel Chin: All Over the Place.”


Come and engage with the sixty-foot animatronic installation “Wake”, a large-scale (24 feet by 34 feet by 60 feet) installation that evokes the hull of a shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal. The structure is linked with a carved 21-foot-tall animatronic female sculpture that resembles the one once mounted on the 19th Century clipper ship, the USS Nightingale. As you move through the piece, you can simultaneously explore the blending of physical and digital worlds in “Unmoored” which explores a potential future of melting ice caps and rising oceans filling Times Square.


I don’t know about you, but that sounds both frightening and extremely cool. When walking through the experience, you can look up in Times Square and experience an incoming flotilla of boats of all kinds, making their way around existing buildings into the square—eventually creating a nautical traffic jam above. The boats age in the air; occasionally bumping into each other, waves break the silence of a surreal floating canopy of hulls.

You can experience “Unmoored” in mixed reality via HoloLens on July 11, 12, and 13. The augmented reality app will be available for download and use in Times Square from July 11 through September 5 click here for more details. Docents from No Longer Empty will be on-site Wednesdays through Fridays, 2-8 pm, and weekends noon to 6 pm to help visitors access the experience.


For more information about "Mel Chin: All Over the Place," visit www.nolongerempty.org and www.queensmuseum.org.


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