Learn All About 'Masstransiscope', the Hidden Artwork Viewable Only From Manhattan Bound Q Train

The Masstransiscope art project in the Manhattan-bound Q-train tunnel leaving Brooklyn's DeKalb Avenue subway station is one of a kind. It's a public artwork by artist and photographer Bill Brand which combines a 300-foot long piece of art with a special enclosure that has 228 narrow slits that are surrounded by backlighting. As the train moves by at about 30mph, your eyes only see the art through the slits, making it appear as if it was animated. In this video from the Museum of the City of New York, learn more about the piece, and how you can see a model version of it at the museum.

Artist Bill Brand's "Masstransiscope" might only be viewable from the train between the Dekalb subway stop and the Manhattan Bridge, but the model he made to test out his major public art installation can be seen in "Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York."

To see the original installation, simply look out the right side of your train car when heading towards Manhattan on a q train leaving DeKalb Avenue. To see the model, check out the Art in the Open exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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