New York Park Avenue Dial

Peter Newman’s time-lapse video New York Park Avenue Dial (2013) was shot at the foot of Mies van der Rohe’s monolithic Seagram Building. The work is part of a series of cityscapes that appear to positively celebrate Galileo’s 17th century assertion that the world is round, as a more conventional landscape is replaced by Newman’s self-styled spherical sequence showing New York in the early evening. To produce this technically accomplished work, Newman used a rare fish-eye lens that manages to take in a 220 degree view of the city with a single exposure. A world all of its own, Newman’s sphere is illuminated as much by the prevailing skyscrapers that puncture the dark blue sky as it is by the excitable movement of different coloured cars that wrap themselves around the outer diameter. The frenzied energy of the cars is enhanced by the subtle flickering of lights turning on and off in the outstretched glass buildings, and by the traces of airplanes shooting across the darkening sky above.

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