Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Puzzle For Your Wednesday (maybe a little late). Now with Answery Goodness!

So...what do you think this is? And no fair hovering your mouse "right-clicking on it to see it in another tab" looking for the title of the picture! That means you, Eric! (On second thought, go ahead and right-click to your heart's content.)




I'll answer the question after I get a few answers/guesses.

Update 3/3/11: You all seemed to have either 1.)cheated well, 2.) recognized it quickly, or 3.) played dense.  Congratulations to all of you.  Here are the details:

The installation is in the sidewalk in front of the SoHo Building at 110 Greene Street, between Prince and Spring.  It's titled "Subway Map Floating on a New York Sidewalk," and it was created in 1986 by Francoise Schein, a Belgian artist and architect. The schematic runs the length of the building -- 87 feet -- and is 12 feet wide.

The IRT, BMT and IND are represented by half-inch-wide stainless-steel bars embedded in concrete, with lights indicating SoHo-area subway stops. The project cost an estimated $30,000 to produce and won the City Art Commission award for the best art project that year. It only represents the Manhattan part of the system and it's modeled after the 70's version of the subway map which was stylized instead of strictly "geographically correct".

14 comments:

Eric said...

Do you know what happens when you right click on it and open in a new tab?

(Note: I did not hover over the text.)

:P

Nathan said...

Go ahead and hover and/or right-click all you want. Ya little bugger.

Jenny said...

I managed to find out the name of the street its on, how long its been there and what it is in just five minutes of researching on the internet. Hovering of course was of no help, you've learnt something there. I like the dots and lines though! If only it were more obvious it could even by quite useful. Before I went on my search I would have just said it was art work of a circuit board but that's not right as you know.

Eric said...

Ah, my padawan learner, you begin to understand the power of the browser. But be careful: I sense much anger in you; and anger leads to hate, and hate leads to leaving trolling comments on the Huffington Post. Beware the power of the Dark Side of the Internet, for it will consume you if you succumb to it.

Nathan said...

Jenny gets a gold star.

Eric is invited to go sit in the corner for while.

Warner (aka ntsc) said...
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Warner (aka ntsc) said...

Typo in previous post. As a city dwelling electrical engineer it leaps out.

Nathan said...

Warner,

Based on the hints you drop...I'm fairly certain, you're wrong.

Warner (aka ntsc) said...

It is in Soho, and I used what it represented for decades.

Major item was city dwelling, not electrical engineer.

Nathan said...

Ah...you were throwing out false bread crumbs.

Sneaky.

timb111 said...

Those crafty little Belgians!

But I never would have figured it out without the Soho clue.

Phiala said...

Easy. It's the glyph describing which city denizens the demon should consume first and which it should spare, once it is raised by invoking the other similar glyph on the opposite street by flooding it with the blood of innocents, which will run down the silvery trails, turning them crimson.

So far they've had trouble finding innocents, but any day now they'll get it worked out.

Carol Elaine said...

I've used the L.A. version for many years, which, I am sorry to admit, is sad and paltry next to N.Y. I really wish I ours was better.

WendyB_09 said...

Had I had the opportunity to speculate, I would have said wither some kind of circuit board or a subway map.

braniz = type of brain bran zombies eat for breakfast...