Park Avenue Tunnel open to pedestrians for first time in 179 YEARS as interactive art exhibit

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MIDTOWN, MANHATTAN (PIX11) – The random sequence of sounds in Midtown is coming from inside the Park Avenue Tunnel.

“Most New Yorkers have only seen this tunnel on a drive by basis,” Janette Sadik-Khan, the DOT Commissioner said. “This is the first time pedestrians have been able to walk in this tunnel for 179 years.”

It’s all part of the City’s Summer Streets Program where locals are encouraged to see things in a whole new light. Or in this case, a tunnel of darkness.

For the art exhibit, Park Avenue will be shut down for the next three Saturdays between 33rd and 40th street in Midtown.

The artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, has turned the section of Park Avenue into an interactive, echoing, art installation known as “voice tunnel.”

“It’s basically an audio visual environment that reacts to peoples’ voices,” he said.

The exhibit is open from 7am to 1pm. on Saturday.