Times Square Ring of Steel

Times Square Ring of Steel is a project that imagines surveillance in New York City.  It is motivated by the May 1, 2010 failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York’'s Times Square. One tool for deterring and capturing potential terrorist is security cameras in areas most likely to be attacked in New York City, such as Lower Manhattan and Midtown. 

 

Shortly after the bombing attempt New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited London to observe their extensive surveillance camera network, known as “The Ring of Steel.” A high concentration of private security cameras in Times Square that records most visitors'’ movement in the area assisted in the tracking and capture of the bomber.

 

The Times Square Ring of Steel project consists of paintings and posters, all based on images from a public webcam in the Times Square.  The use of the webcam metaphorically alludes to the high concentration of private security cameras in  this area as well as the NYPD’'s new Domain Awareness System. The project poses questions concerning privacy in public space, profiling, and potential abuses of power by the government.

 

Read more about this project in the publication for the Times Square Ring of Steel exhibition. Click here.

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