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Telectroscope

Today, I saw the Brooklyn Bridge. It was a lovely morning in New York City. The sun was out, and passersby wore t-shirts. Each of them in turn stopped to wave, to dance, to pantomime to those of us waving, dancing, and smiling at them from the overcast banks of the Thames. Behind them, in the distance, the bridge spanned the waters of the East River.

What better way to celebrate the momumental achievement of a sub-Atlantic tunnel, dug over four generations, linking London to New York City, than together? Through the lens of the telectroscope, whose mirrors and lenses reflect our images back and forth under the ocean, we did.

From a distance, from Tower Bridge, the telectroscope is just one more piece of riverside paraphernalia near City Hall.



Look closer. It's not of the same vintage as the clean lines of granite from which it has emerged.



A superb piece of Victorian engineering.



This gives you a sense of the view that the people looking back at us from New York City might see.



A detail, with City Hall in the background.



A steady stream of visitors paid a pound apiece to gaze into this marvel and interact with those in the morning sunshine, partway around the world.





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tisiphone
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
I really, really want to see this, I've been trying really hard to justify a trip to see it but I can't manage :(
justinsomnia
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. I wonder if I could figure out a way for my friends in NYC to be at the NYC end of the tunnel when I'm in London and can visit the London side ...
justinsomnia
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
I just clicked on the website ... it's only going to be around until June 15th? That's absurd!
owlfish
Jun. 6th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
But wonderful!
justinsomnia
Jun. 9th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
But I can't see it ;-(
steer
Jun. 3rd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
That's great -- I've got to go see it myself!
crustycurmudgeo
Jun. 3rd, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Darn. I wish I had the time to see this.

I'd like to set one up in KC for people too. We have a great place downtown for it, in Volker Park with a view towards the
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Darn. I wish I had the time to see this.

I'd like to set one up in KC for people too. We have a great place downtown for it, in Volker Park with a view towards the <a href="http://www.nelson-atkins.org/"Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery</a>.

Items required list, hi-res webcams x 2, cheap PCs x 2, LCD screens x 2, internet x 1 and two nice telephoto camera housings. :)
intertext
Jun. 3rd, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
That is WAY cool. I wish I could go to either NY or London and see it :) Now if we only had transporter devices...
ancrenewiseasse
Jun. 4th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
That's splendid! I hadn't heard anything about it before now, so thanks for posting about this. I'm disappointed that it's not going to be permanent. :(
owlfish
Jun. 6th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
If there's enough demand, maybe...?
noncalorsedumor
Jun. 4th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
That is ... FANTASTIC.
heleninwales
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! My husband noticed an article about it on the BBC news page a few days ago and I was wondering whether any of my friends at either end had been to see it. I'm so glad that it's as fun as the article made it out to be.
marzapane
Jun. 5th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
ooh, I wish I would have known about this earlier...we could have made an appointment to see each other!
owlfish
Jun. 6th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
If you'll be back in NYC in the next week or two, we still could.
printperson
Jun. 5th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
Is this for real? I read the website and am wondering if the whole thing, so-called history and all, is not an artistic creation.
owlfish
Jun. 6th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Of course it's an artistic creation, but it's a wonderful story to play along with.
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