Oculus is a two channel video installation commissioned by Creative Time, created in collaboration with architect Jordan Parnass. The piece was projected on the ceiling of Grand Central Station in the months leading up the Iraq war. Once channel depicted an oculus, or sky window, opening in the center of the station’s famous constellation mural.
The other channel depicted, with the help of a Catalyst rotating mirror assembly, doves flying in through the station’s windows, circling the large American flag in the center of the main hall, and exiting through the oculus.
Grand Central Station is a critical point of confluence for the thousands of people who travel to and from New York every day. In cutting a virtual hole though the station’s ceiling and offering the public an impossible view of the sky beyond, the work suggested political possibilities in uncertain times in a city largely opposed to the war.