Tunnel Vision: Lighting Up Downtown

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.

Miggs Burroughs, in his “Tunnel Vision” creation.

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.

6 responses to “Tunnel Vision: Lighting Up Downtown

  1. Hi Dan. The hands you show in Miggs’ photos are ours! We did them in 2014. I can’t remember now what we brought with us.
    My husband passed away in January 2020, and I have moved to Norwalk, though I still read your blogs every day.

  2. WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT IN MY 66 YEARS IN WESTPORT I’VE NEVER GONE THRU THE
    WALKWAY! THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORT MIGGS. NICE JOB . GREAT MESSAGE. CARYL

  3. Stephen Axthelm

    Miggs is a gift to Westport.

  4. Laurie Crouse

    Catherine what a beautiful testament to the love you and your husband shared
    So happy that Miggs continues to create beautiful pieces and share his gifts with our town

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