Scope Too Soon: Telectroscope May Move to Central Park


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The [Telectroscope], a gigantic, gilded optical device that allowed patrons to wave through a table-sized lens at people standing at a similar machine in London between May 22 through June 15, may reappear at another site in the city, although its funders remain mum on when and where. When questioned about the future of his Verne-sian contraption at Sunday’s closing, the inventor [Paul St. George](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_St_George) gushed hopes for an extension in Central Park, or, more randomly, Buenos Aires. A follow up query to [Artichoke UK](http://www.artichoke.uk.com/), a sponsor of the project, was met with this impenetrably British reply:


“I gather you’ve been passed from pillar to post – I’m sorry about that!  We are still discussing the future life of the Telectroscope.  The idea of Central Park is just a rumour, but we are talking to various other bodies about it having further manifestations elsewhere.”


Pillar to post? Hilarious! In any case, it appears that St. George’s pronouncement was a bit premature. Still, considering this is a fellow who constructed a transatlantic, schlong-shaped magnifier cast in gold, I am willing concede that his trenchant vision often precedes the venture capital thrown his way. And despite the artist’s scientific bona fides (the Telectroscope works by linking fiber optic cameras attached to undersea telecommunications networks through a parabolic periscope, apparently) he retains a rowdy sense of humor. “Let’s flip the image upside down,” he announced five minutes to shutdown on Sunday. Within seconds, the Brits were on their heads, looking confused but still waving. It was a nice touch.


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