There's wonderful news for New Yorkers who didn't want to brave multi-hour lines and subsequently missed out on the 'Rain Room' at the Museum of Modern Art. Come this weekend, there will be a new, fleeting art installation that people will be cooing about.
Behold, the Park Avenue "Voice Tunnel." Okay, so we understand that the Park Avenue tunnel doesn't exactly sound as sexy as being able to manipulate rain. And we're fully aware that the only time New Yorkers see the Park Avenue tunnel is when they're in a cab through Midtown. But the latter might be part of the allure. Instead of viewing the tunnel from the confines of a car, the art installation requires that pedestrians walk through it, something even jaded New Yorkers don't get (or want?) to do every day.
"On Saturday, the city will temporarily shut the tunnel to car traffic, and the 1,394-foot cavern — which runs on Park Avenue between 33rd and 40th Streets — will be turned into an incandescent, echoing, interactive art show," reports The New York Times's Julie Turkewitz, who goes on to explain that a team of 30 will build the installation each Friday for the next three weeks and take it down shortly before the tunnel reopens at 5 p.m. on Saturday.