Carl Skelton Brings Ultratope 1 Projection to Manhattan Bridge

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 at 6:29 am by

While walking along Canal Street Saturday evening, we noticed a strange message projected onto the southern colonnade of the Manhattan Bridge approach. Two names and a date were displayed, but both rotated at a regular interval.  It was all very cryptic.  That is, until we received an email blast from the folks at the Eldridge Street Synagogue.

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Apparently, this rudimentary light show is a public art installation by Carl Skelton.  The overall goal of this temporary project, dubbed Ultratope 1: Real City, is to recognize and pay tribute to “everyday New Yorkers, past and present, and their role in shaping the character of the city.” For instance, last night’s text read, “Joe-1860-Padula,” referring to Joe Petrosino who was born in Padula, Italy in 1860.

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Skelton is still accepting submissions for names to include in his exhibit, which will run daily through the end of March. From dusk until dawn.  New Yorkers are invited to contribute additional names by emailing the artist, and including the person’s full name, place, and year of birth.

Ultratope 1 is a joint effort between Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the New York City Department of Transportation.  The Eldridge Street Synagogue will host a talk with Carl Skelton on Thursday, March 3:

A public projector installation for the Manhattan Bridge Colonnade by BxmC Director Carl Skelton
February 17 to March 31, 2011

Talk and reception
Thursday March 3rd, 2011
6:30 pm
The Museum at Eldridge Street

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