The Debut in 1980

The Abandoned Platform

Bill Brand with the Working Model

Theresa DeSalvio Painting Image-Panels

Repairing the Light Fixture

Bill Brand inside the Masstransiscope

10 responses

11 11 2008
dave

i remember this from my days at Pratt in the early 80’s. so glad it is back! the rumor back then was that someone got caught making graffitti on trains and did the animation as a community service project!

5 12 2008
masstransiscope

Dave,

That’s very funny. No, I am guilty only of initiating the project for no good reason other than that I wanted to see it. Creative Time took it on as a project and MTA cooperated to allow it to happen. NYSCA, NEA helped with funds and some corps. donated materials and services. The restoration was done pretty much all volunteer and taking it on 28 years later is my latest community service punishment. Good deeds were done by many others to bring it back to life. Thanks for your memories.

Bill Brand

2 04 2009
Laurie Olinder

Bill-
I remember it from the 80’s too.
but I could never remember what line it was on.
so it was always a surprise to see it.
Then it disappeared and I figured it was because I never was on that same line.
still don’t quite get how it just disappeared…..but really happy to see it again. its just brilliant.

3 04 2009
bboptics

Hi Laurie,

The piece disappeared from view because the lights went out and it got covered with graffiti. But it has been there in the dark all this time languishing in disrepair until we restored it last summer. Now it is back in full view, hopefully for a long time. MTA Arts for Transit is committed to maintaining it as part of their permanent collection. Thanks for your appreciation and memory.

Bill

27 09 2009
John

Hey Bill,

If you were asked to create new ones in the other abandoned stations…(Worth St, 18 St, 91st) would you be interested?

28 09 2009
bboptics

Hi John,

Sure! Why not? I wasn’t asked to do it the first time but instead had to convince many people to let me. It took five years before it opened and then much later it took 15 more years to be allowed to restore it. So if I was simply handed an opportunity to make a new artwork I’d be delighted.

Bill

12 04 2010
Masstransiscope « Brooklyn Based

[…] from the right side of a Manhattan-bound B or Q train just after the DeKalb Avenue stop, is "Masstransiscope," an art installation by Bill Brand that resides in the abandoned Myrtle Avenue subway station. "I […]

13 11 2012
D O'Brien

I noticed, sadly, that is has been vandalized again. What can be done to facilitate another restoration and perhaps, secure it more effectively against future attacks.

21 11 2012
The Newly Vandalized Masstransiscope | Ditmas Park Corner

[…] an extremely non-controversial opinion: Masstransiscope, the piece of moving art in the¬†abandoned Myrtle Avenue subway station seen when leaving Dekalb […]

13 07 2013
Masstransiscope | Brooklyn Based

[…] from the right side of a Manhattan-bound B or Q train just after the DeKalb Avenue stop, is “Masstransiscope,” an art installation by Bill Brand that resides in the abandoned Myrtle Avenue subway […]

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