Every night in July, enjoy a FREE show in Times Square. It’s called Midnight Moment, a three minute animated video that’s synchronized on multiple electronic billboards in Times Square. It’s every night from 11:57PM to midnight, with a different digital artist featured each month.
In July, it’s Brooklyn-based Chris Doyle, who transforms Times Square into a flourishing canyon landscape with birds and other wildlife, plus plants, flowers and trees and babbling streams. The canyon is based on the formidable cliffs of the Palisades along the Hudson River and the animals of Central Park.
The video reconnects Times Square to the natural world by conceiving of the space as a gorge. Referencing the history of Times Square as the confluence of streams, the district’s walls and screens are transformed into a canyon landscape, populated by a series of exuberant local animals. The cliffs are based on photos, drawings, and videos taken on the Palisades. along the Hudson River. Most of the animated animals are based on video of animals observed in Central Park.
By starting in the sky, descending the cliff, and finally plunging into the river, the motion of the animation unifies the variety of screens into a single, immersive environment.
Artist Chris Doyle has had his work exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and U.S. Ambassadors’ residences in Sweden and Australia. Most recently he was the recipient of a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.
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The following digital screens are participating in the July Midnight Moment:
ABC Super Sign, American Eagle Times Square, Bank of America, CEMUSA, City Outdoor, Disney Store Spectacular, JVC Screen, NASDAQ, Spectacolor HD129 / Times Square Museum & Visitor Center Marquee, ClearChannel HD128, Spectacolor HD127 / CNN Screen, Superior Digital Displays Three Times Square #5, Times Square Museum & Visitor Center, Viacom North & South (SL Green Realty), Thomson Reuters, 7TS (7 Times Square), and V Media Times Square.
Midnight Moment is a monthly presentation of The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts. The July Midnight Moment is presented in partnership with Andrew Edlin Gallery.