Artwork: "Masstransiscope" (Bill Brand)

Artwork: "Masstransiscope" (Bill Brand)

Location: Myrtle Avenue (BMT 4th Avenue Line)
Installation Year: 1980

Masstransiscope is an animated painting placed on the abandoned northbound platform of the Myrtle Avenue station, just prior to crossing the Manhattan Bridge. The animation was based on the zoetrope, essentially a series of single frames viewed through slits as the train moved past the station. The brief glimpses of the frames appeared to animate the artwork. After being in disrepair for many years, the "Masstransiscope" was restored by the artist in 2008 and again in 2013.

This artwork has generated more press than almost any other subway art installation. Here's a sampling:

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Country: United States
City: New York
System: New York City Transit
Line: BMT 4th Avenue Line
Location: Myrtle Avenue
Photo by: Martha Cooper
Collection of: Bill Brand
Date: 1980
Artwork: Masstransiscope, Bill Brand, 1980
Notes: Bill Brand installing Masstransiscope, 1980. Photo used by permission of Bill Brand.
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