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Newly unveiled public technology sculptures bring together people of two iconic cities, transcending physical barriers 

(New York City, NY) – May 8, 2024 – In a special event spanning two continents, today officials in New York City and Dublin, Ireland simultaneously debuted two groundbreaking public technology sculptures—NYC Portal and Dublin Portal—collectively called “The Portal.” Conceived as a testament to the power of art to transcend physical barriers, The Portal forms an unprecedented visual bridge between these two iconic cities. Each sculpture features a 24/7 visual livestream from the Portal in the other city, allowing real-time interaction between New Yorkers, Dubliners, and visitors to these two global destinations. 

NYC Portal is located on the Flatiron South Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, next to the famed Flatiron Building, and is presented by the Flatiron NoMad Partnership in collaboration with the Simons Foundation and New York City Department of Transportation Art Program (NYC DOT Art). Today’s launch event in New York featured remarks by NYC Chief Public Realm Officer Ya-Ting Liu, NYC Department of Transportation Art Director Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, and a captivating performance by PMT House of Dance. 

Dublin Portal faces the capital’s main street, O’Connell Street, and captures the iconic vista of both Dublin’s famous GPO building and the Spire together. Dublin City Council have delivered the sculpture as part of its designation as the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2024. The Portal was unveiled today by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí De Róiste, and included a performance by The Liberties Majorettes in a nod to the New York connection. 

The Portal connection between New York City and Dublin will run through the fall of 2024. Throughout that time, there will be scheduled programming, including cultural performances at each city’s Portal that will be enjoyed by people in the other city via the livestream. Programming will kick-off in mid-May with a visual program to celebrate New York Design Week Festival. 

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