The Blowing Bowler
Chris Sickels (Red Nose Studio)
Fulton Center & Dey Street Concourse
December 17, 2015 through Summer 2016
“The Blowing Bowler” (2015) is a stop-motion animation depicting a brief history of New York City’s subway car designs as a man pursues his wind-tossed bowler hat in a subway station. As the man follows his hat down a tunnel, a progression of subway cars rolls by, representing designs from the Beach Pneumatic Transit Company (1870s), Interborough Rapid Transit Company (1910s), a second generation R-10 car (1940s), a R-15 car (1950s), a car from the 1970s State of the Art Car Program (SOAC), and a more recent R-188 subway car (2013).
Chris Sickels/Red Nose Studio was inspired by the New York subway system and the continuous movement of MTA riders. He created a dioramic model from wood, clay, fabric, wire, cardboard and found objects, then painstakingly filmed each motion as a frame for the animation. In addition to the main minute-long animation, three shorter loops feature comical cat-and-mouse antics in reference to the round-the-clock operations of the New York City Transit system and a ridership that is always on the move.
“We are all chasing something, maybe the chase is more important than the catch. I encourage folks to enjoy the journey,” Sickels said.
The animations air simultaneously for two minutes at the top of each hour on a large-scale 52-channel video installation in the Fulton Center 2345ACJZ station complex and in the Dey Street pedestrian tunnel that connects to the R line, where it will be displayed until summer 2016. “The Blowing Bowler” is shown on Fulton Center’s 52 screens, which range from 55-inch LCD monitors to monumental LED walls on the street level, measuring 31.5 feet by 18.9 feet.
The work is presented by MTA Arts & Design with technical support from the MTA Multimedia team, Westfield Properties and ANC Sports.
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