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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.