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New York City linked to Dublin, Ireland via trippy high-tech “portal”

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New York, New York – A virtual “portal” linking New York City to Dublin, Ireland is coming on Wednesday courtesy of innovative technology and the creative vision of artist Benediktas Gylys.

A virtual “portal” linking New York City to Dublin, Ireland is coming on Wednesday courtesy of innovative technology and the creative vision of artist Benediktas Gylys.  © Portals.org

The portal – which is coming to the Flatiron area on Wednesday, May 8 – will connect the two cities in real time!

This groundbreaking technological bridge across continents is part of the non-profit Portals project, first started in 2021 by Lithuanian artist and entrepreneur Benediktas Gylys.

The Portals website explains that “Portals are an invitation to meet fellow humans above borders and prejudices and to experience our home – planet Earth – as it really is: united and one.”

James Mettham, President of the Flatiron NoMad Partnership, spoke about the installation: “We are honored to host the Portal’s North American debut on the Flatiron Public Plazas, at one of New York City’s most dynamic intersections.”

He continued, “This real-time connection between two iconic public spaces in global cities on either side of the Atlantic will bring people together, both physically and digitally, becoming a captivating attraction for New Yorkers and visitors alike.”

The NYC to Dublin Portal is to be installed next to the Flatiron Building on the Flatiron South Public Plaza at the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street.

In Dublin the Portal will be installed facing O’Connell Street, capturing both Dublin’s famous GPO building and the Spire together in one shot!

In addition to the real-time feed, there will also be scheduled programming including cultural performances from New York City and Dublin starting in mid-May.
In addition to the real-time feed, there will also be scheduled programming including cultural performances from New York City and Dublin starting in mid-May.  © Portals.org

New York City’s Chief Public Realm Officer Ya-Ting Liu also spoke highly about the project.

“Two amazing global cities, connected in real-time and space. That is something you do not see every day!” he said.

“We are so excited to have The Portal as a public interactive art installation, showcasing the vibrancy of our city streets and providing a new point for human connection between New Yorkers and Dubliners.”

He added that, in addition to the real-time feed, there will also be scheduled programming including cultural performances from each city starting in mid-May.

The Portals will be on display from Wednesday, May 8th and into fall of 2024.

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