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The Amazon is coming to Times Square in the form of an immersive art installation

From April 1 to 30, Times Square will transport you to the jungle
March 27, 2016 05:00PM



A month-long, multi-sensory art installation is coming to Times Square.

Called “JUNGLE-IZED: A Conversation With Nature,” the installation will virtually transport the crowds of Time Square to the Amazon.

The program is a partnership between the ensemble Soundwalk Collective, Times Square Arts, audio company Audio-Technica and David de Rothschild — a “naturopath, adventurer, environmentalist and eternal optimist.”

From noon to midnight, visitors will be able to borrow Audio-Technica Headphones From A Kiosk On Seventh Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets and “begin the journey through a virtual soundscape that superimposes the Amazon ecosystem upon an eight-square block area of Times Square,” Curbed NY was told.

“As visitors walk throughout Times Square, the voices of Shipibo shamans and narration by Amazon experts Jeremy Narby and Daniel Pinchbeck will guide them along a jungle tour and into a conversation with nature,” according to Curbed.

And from 11:57 p.m. to midnight, the electronic billboards in Times Square will be taken over by the JUNGLE-IZED video, directed by Stephan Crasneanscki and featuring the music of Soundwalk Collective.

The point is to reveal “the hidden energy that exists in one of the most biodiverse environments in the world, bringing the animals, the air, the trees and the tribal inhabitants of the Amazon to New York City.” [Curbed]Christopher Cameron