Desert canyon in Times Square
The world is flush these days with museum quality white cube shows in both commercial gallery and institutional spaces.  But also on the rise are artworks that utilise the city’s infrastructure as both a method of display and as a medium.
Every day from 11:57 pm to midnight, a sweeping image of desert landscapes fill 36 of the large outdoor video screens lining Times Square, covering 63,500 square feet of screen space.  This time based work is entitled Buoy and is a luminous tribute to the Californian desert on the other side of the land mass.  Made by Seoungho Cho, the work reflects on the polar extremes of this desert, which was once the floor of a vast sea, now traversed by sight-seeing tourists.
The video work changes the cacophonic ad space into an immersive art installation, alluding that the city itself is a canyon, crevices winding through tall cliffs of surrounding skyscrapers.  
The ephemeral piece is just three minutes long and will be showing until June 30th.
Times Square website
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A sculpture that lives and dies

The Pulse Machine is a sculpture made up of a kick drum, solenoid, flip digit numerals, Arduino microcontroller and other mixed media.  

Pulse Machine from Alicia Eggert on Vimeo.

This electromechanical sculpture was ‘born’ in Nashville, Tennessee on 2 June 2012, at 6:18 PM. It has been programmed to have the average human lifespan of babies born in Tennessee on that same day: approximately 78 years. The kick drum beats its heartbeat (at 60 beats per minute), and the mechanical counter displays the number of heartbeats remaining in its lifetime. An internal, battery-operated clock keeps track of the passing time when the sculpture is unplugged. The sculpture will die once the counter reaches zero.