Celebrating Westport’s Tunnel Vision

Finally, Westporters have a reason to head toward — rather than flee from — the downtown pedestrian tunnel.

For decades, the walkway between Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza has been as scary as the underpass in A Clockwork Orange.

Today – thanks to Miggs Burroughs’ creative eye, and the magic of lenticular photography — the passage is positively art gallery-like.

16 photos — each 32 inches square — depict Westporters “connecting” with each other. (Like a tunnel connects 2 sides — clever, huh?)

But these are no ordinary images. Gazing at a certain angle, you see one thing; take a step in either direction, and it’s a different photo entirely.

Miggs has picked his models — and photographed their images — with great care. For example, here are the 2 images of Holocaust survivor Anita Schorr, and a friend’s 8-year-old granddaughter:

Anita Schorr and 8-year-old, lenticular image by Miggs Burroughs

Anita Schorr and 8-year-old,  lenticular image by Miggs Burroughs

These shots are of Cathy Onyemelukwe, and her husband Clem:

Cathy Onyemelukwe and Clem Onyemelukwe,  lenticular image by Miggs Burroughs

Cathy Onyemelukwe and Clem Onyemelukwe,  lenticular image by Miggs Burroughs

And here’s Oscar’s owner Lee Papageorge, and his wife. (Miggs calls this one “Super Nova.”)

Lee Papageorge and wife,  lenticular image by Miggs Burroughs

Lee Papageorge and wife,  lenticular image by Miggs Burroughs

The project took a year to complete. It’s sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and the tunnel’s landlord (who knew?), Win Properties.

Information about all 16 photos is available at TunnelVisionArt.com — and via a QR code at the Main Street end of the tunnel.

You’ll learn that one of the photos is of the artist himself, and his girlfriend Liz Beeby. Here he is:

Miggs Burroughs with a lenticular image of himself and Liz Beeby

The tunnel was unveiled a few minutes ago. It’s all part of the WDMA’s “Art About Town” festival, in full swing now through 8:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday).

Main Street is closed to traffic for the event. So park in Parker Harding, and walk through the tunnel. The destination will be as fun as the journey.

 

17 responses to “Celebrating Westport’s Tunnel Vision

  1. Miggs has done so much for Westport.

  2. Another Miggs miracle!

  3. My motto when I see Miggs is, “Miggs is Everywhere”! Westport has been most fortunate. Thank you for yet another outstanding contribution, Miggs!

  4. Scott E. Brodie

    Dan,
    While we’re on the subject, can you explain the origin or significance of the name “Parker Harding” Plaza? (Apart from its unfortunate paraphrase, “Harder Parking” plaza!) — Scott.

    • Named for 2 people who were instrumental in creating that landfill parking lot in 1955 (before that, the river lapped up against the backs of Main Street stores). They were Emerson Parker (selectman) and Evan Harding (of Daybreak Nurseries).

  5. Barbara Sherburne '67

    Good question, Scott. I would like to hear the answer as well.

  6. Adam Stolpen

    The Japaneese honor unique artists and craftsmen who contribute greatly to their culture. They are known as Living Legends

    Westport has, among others, Miggs B. We could profit from Japan’s example.

  7. Holly Wheeler

    Thanks, Miggs. You just never stop giving.

  8. cheryl McKenna Kritzer

    Such a great instillation and at night it will light the walkway as well…I loved the vote one!!! eat local shop local vote local is my motto LWV…westport
    Thank you again MIggs for your talent and kindness to our lovely town

  9. Stephen Rubin

    Miggs:
    Yet again we say THANK YOU. This art display on Main Street will bring so much joy to so many.

  10. Sharon Paulsen

    I unfortunately missed this opening, but I am moved by the images shown here in this post! Hands, hands, hands – so much expression oozing here … via human extremities! Can’t find the words – but, brilliant! Thanks for sharing, Dan. Thanks for creating, Miggs! Lenticular – clever, and no easy feat to work with! I bet these are even more stunning in person.
    Dan, can we see a full montage of all the tunnel images posted here? I’m sure many peeps who can’t get back to Westport to see these in person would love it.

  11. Suzanne Zarrilli

    So Beautiful

  12. Berke Rhoda

    Yes Dan, can we see the full montage of all the tunnel images posted here?
    I too, cannot get back to Westport to see these.

  13. Sally Campbell Palmer

    Miggs is the best! It was a very fun evening, topped off by a showing of “Hey Bartender” by the Westport Cinema Initiative, created by and about more talented Westporters, Doug Tirrola, film maker, and Steve Carpentieri of Dunvilles.

  14. What a privilege to live in a town where there is so much talent and artists who are so generous with their talents.