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Discover The Best Kept Times Square Secret

One of the best-kept secrets of Times Square and often nicknamed the “hum,” Max Neuhaus’s “Times Square” sound installation is meant to be discovered by visitors on their own at the north end of the triangular pedestrian island located at Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets.  Neuhaus intended the work to be passed by until it became a sort of personal encounter. First installed in the subway ventilation shaft in 1977 to 1992 and then later restored in 2002, the unlabeled work of art has no sound system in sight.  You may notice a low, distinctive “hum” mixed in with all the crazy sounds of Times Square and keep on walking or stop to figure out where this uncanny sound is coming from when you realize it is not just subway noise.  It certainly is worthy of attention if you are tuned in.  Max Neuhaus describes his “sound sculpture” as “a rich, harmonic sound texture resembling the after-ring of large...
Posted to Attractions on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:33:26 AM

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