Sunday, March 15

Freedom Tunnel

Wikipedia - "The Freedom Tunnel is the name given to the Amtrak tunnel under Riverside Park in Manhattan, New York City. It got its name because the graffiti artist Chris 'Freedom' Pape used the tunnel walls to create some of his most notable artwork. The name may also be a reference to the former shantytowns built within the tunnel by homeless populations seeking shelter and freedom to live rent-free and unsupervised by law enforcement. ... Over the tunnel's years of disuse, its isolated nature allowed graffiti artists and street artists to work without fear of arrest, leading to larger and more ambitious pieces. The tunnel has unique lighting provided by grates in the sidewalks of Riverside Park above the space. The descending shafts of light allow graffiti art to be seen in the gloom, and artists would often center their projects under the light to take advantage of the spot-lighting effect, as if in a gallery."
Chris Pape's Freedom Tunnel
NYC Underground: A Journey To The Freedom Tunnel
Exploring an Active Amtrak Tunnel Under the Upper West Side
W - Dark Days (film)
vimeo: Freedom Tunnel - Filmed and cut by Charles le Brigand
YouTube: How to get to the Freedom Tunnel, Marc Singer - Dark Days Documentary (first 10 minutes)