Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscure Installation


Topsy-Turvy at Madison Square Park (Photo: Risa Korris)
Topsy-Turvy at Madison Square Park (Photo: Risa Korris)

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

“Topsy-Turvy” reimagines one of the world’s oldest moving image devices into a life-sized 10-foot by 10-foot structure. Park visitors will be able to enter the interactive, large-scale installation, which will utilize the physical properties of light to capture images of the surrounding Flatiron District in real time. This centuries-old artistic medium will alter how visitors experience the park and engage with the various elements of New York City’s urban landscape through a new and exciting lens. For this Mad. Sq. Art commission, New York-based artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder turned to their shared interest in cinema, drawing upon and manipulating basic elements of projected light and shadow in order to articulate space and time, as well as explore their most fundamental optical and formal qualities.

Madison Square Park

Between 23rd and 26th Streets and Fifth and Madison Avenues

New York, NY 10010

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Subway: R, W, 6 to 23rd Street

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Madison Square Park

Opened in 1853 in what is now the center of Manhattan's Flatiron District, the 6.2 acre park boasts flourishing gardens, lush lawns, sculptures, fountains and cultural programs for all ages.


Always open