Manhattan Bridge Video Installation Celebrates NYC’s Diversity
Artist blends digital projection with a NYC architectural icon to recognize immigrant cultural contributions.
Artist Carl Skelton has created a new temporary video installation which is projected on the colonnade of NYC’s Manhattan Bridge. The piece titled Ultratope 1: Real City pays tribute to everyday New Yorkers both past and present who’s diversity has helped define the character of the city.
Projected on the frieze of the Lower Manhattan side of the bridges entry are names, birth places and birthdays of people who have immigrated to the city. Skelton chose the Manhattan Bridge location because of its adjacency to the Lower East Side and Chinatown which throughout NYC’s history have served as first stops for newly arriving immigrants. Skelton updates the roster of names daily and is accepting name submissions of people both living or deceased to be included in the work. Details about how to participate can be found at the NYU-Poly site.