Westport Artist Has New ‘Vision’ For Downtown Tunnel

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The pedestrian tunnel between Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza will be the site of a permanent art installation called Tunnel Vision. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. — The pedestrian tunnel in downtown Westport that connects Parker Harding Plaza and Main Street is set to be transformed into a work of art with help from Westport graphic artist Miggs Burroughs.

Burroughs, a lifelong Westporter, has been recruited by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association to create its Tunnel Vision art installation, which will be permanently displayed within the tunnel.

“I’m very excited about this project,” Burroughs said Tuesday. “It’s probably one of the most challenging projects I’ve been asked to do, and I am a little nervous about it. But as the saying goes, if something doesn’t scare you, it’s probably not worth doing.”

As he’s done many times in the past for various local non-profits, Burroughs will do the project free-of-charge.

Because Tunnel Vision was approved late last week, Burroughs said he has not yet finalized his plans for the project. But he said it will definitely consist of lenticular images, which morph from one image into another when viewed from different angles.

The project, he added, will likely have a people theme to it.

“I think in order for it to be engaging, the project has to have something to do with people and the human experience,” he said. “Using lenticular images will allow me to animate something going on with a person or between people.”

Burroughs said he also hopes to create a work of art that takes people on an “emotional journey” as they travel through the tunnel from point A to point B.

“I want people to like it and talk about it,” he said. “I want people who walk through to enjoy the experience and get something out of it.”

Tunnel Vision is a collaboration between the Downtown Merchants Association and Win Properties Inc., which owns the tunnel. As part of the project, the tunnel will be painted and receive new lighting. These costs will be shared by the DMA and Win Properties.

Tunnel Vision is scheduled to be unveiled on May 22 during the DMA's Art About Town Opening Night Street Party.

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