For 7 years, “Tunnel Vision” has been an intriguing — if overlooked and undervalued — part of Westport.
In 2014, artist/photographer/civic whirlwind Miggs Burroughs hung 16 lenticular images in the passageway between Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza.
Looked at one way, the photos — showing Westporters connecting with each other, each one changing depending on your viewing angle — turned what had been a damp, moldy Clockwork Orange-ish walkway into a tourist attraction.
Looked at another way, it reminded us that we are all connected.
Looked at a third way — today — it’s clear that the 16 hands, symbolizing love, friendship and community — need a bit of freshening up.
The lights have burned out the artworks’ colors. The photos need to be reprinted. The tunnel needs a new vision.
A restoration campaign is underway. Artist Mark Yurkiw says that Norwalk lighting designer Gary Novasel is helping procure the proper new lights. Duggal — an immigrant from India, who printed the original art — is ready to help again.
The cost is $12,000. Click here to donate, and for more information.
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BONUS MIGGS BURROUGHS NEWS:
The artist’s “Signs of Compassion” project from 5 years ago — another lenticular images project, this one combining Emily Dickson’s poem of that name with Westporters using its words in American Sign Language — is headed to Montefiore Hospital.
The Bronx institution just acquired all 30 images. They embody the hospital’s mission of healing and compassion, and will be displayed permanently on site.