Citizens of New York City and Dublin Are Connected With New Portals

The citizens of New York City, New York, and Dublin, Ireland, can now interact and take a sneak peek into each other’s lives through the new art installation “Portal”.

Conceived by artist Benediktas Gylys, “Portal” is meant to provide a “visual bridge” between two places more than 3,000 miles away from each other. One installation, consisting of a circular display and camera, has been placed in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, while an identical one is also residing at Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

The NYC display transmits video in real time from the Dublin camera, while the Dublin display shows real-time footage from the NYC camera. This allows citizens of both cities to greet each other, show off their dance moves, and a lot more.

Portals will remain in place throughout the summer of 2024, with a number of events and artistic performances set to take place in front of the respective cameras.

“Portals are an invitation to meet people above borders and differences and to experience our world as it really is—united and one,” Gylys said in a statement. “The livestream provides a window between distant locations, allowing people to meet outside of their social circles and cultures, transcend geographical boundaries, and embrace the beauty of global interconnectedness.”