The festivities commemorating the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge got underway full swing today with the unveiling of the mysterious Telectroscope at the Fulton Ferry Landing, just south of the bridge at 1 Water Street. The installation's creator, Paul St George, claims to have just completed a forgotten tunnel connecting New York to London and, using giant parabolic mirrors, has reconstructed a Victorian-era optical device enabling people on either end of the tube to wave at each other.
Presented by the Artichoke art collective, who built the massive ambulatory “Sultan’s Elephant” in London two years ago, the Telectroscope will be open for gawkers 24/7 until June 15th. Attendants on hand supply visitors with dry-erase boards to write messages for the Londoners on the other side, at Tower Bridge. It's just frustrating that with the dollar so low, they can't toss a few pounds though the tunnel.