Word on the street — er, in the tunnel — is that the pedestrian walkway between Parker Harding Plaza and Main Street will soon get a major makeover.
The grim, grotty passage — reminiscent of the spot in A Clockwork Orange where the Droogs attack a tramp, though ours is a lot scarier — is the setting for a new art installation.
As is often the case with great stuff in town, Miggs Burroughs is involved. And, as he so often does, he is donating his services.
In typically clever Miggs fashion, he’s calling the original work of contemporary art “Tunnel Vision.”
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association and Win Properties, the walkway’s owner — who knew it had such a thing? — are sharing the cost of cleanup, painting and new lighting. Westporters Scott Rochlin (general contractor) and Rick Hoag (architect) are also involved.
Miggs plans a “highly immersive and memorable experience for tunnel-goers of all ages and persuasions.” He promises “a rewarding emotional journey,” not just a passage from Onion Alley to the dumpster.
Tunnel Vision is scheduled for unveiling at the WDMA’s “Art About Town” opening night street party on May 22.
All of Westport rejoices.
The Droogs don’t.