Many in Westport will be familiar with the tunnel in Parker Harding Plaza. Maybe it’s something you walk through really quickly just to get to the other side. But come May 22nd, pedestrians are in for a big surprise and might want to walk a little bit slower.
“That’s when we got this idea. Let’s turn this into not just a passthrough but a destination for anyone who enjoys art when they come to Westport,” said Cathy Colgan, special events producer of the Downtown Merchants Association.
Already, you might notice fresh, clean walls and new light fixtures, like this one here.
It's all part of a year-long process by the Downtown Merchants Assocation, Winn Properties and artist Miggs Burroughs to turn a decaying tunnel into a fitting gateway.
“Instead of just painting it, or putting up a new bulletin board or something like that, we decided, could this be the spot of a new, dynamic art installation?” said Colgan.
That's when the Downtown Merchants Association called upon Burroughs, an artist specializing in lenticular printing. He plants to install 3-D images on the walls, which he says will move and change depending upon how you view them.
“So, when you go through the tunnel, you are maybe thinking of different things – you’re not just holding you’re breath, waiting until you get to the other end," he said.
That’s about all Burroughs will tell us on the secret project; the rest, he says, we will just have to wait and find out.
You won’t want to miss the May 22 debut at 6pm. The showing will apart of the “Art about Town” celebration.