New York is Empty: Art Imitates Life

Talk about strange timing. On Tuesday, director Ross Ching released the third video in his “Empty America” series, and it shows New York City wiped clean of tourists and traffic. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that the video simply captured the city as it prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. (See images of deserted NYC here, here and here.) But, this video is all artifice, not reality, and it comes on the heels of two sister videos showing San Francisco and Seattle as barren as can be.

San Francisco

Seattle

via Devour and Kottke



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  1. Cyril says . . . | October 29, 2012 / 9:31 pm

    “To him that watches, everything is reveal”

  2. Lindy says . . . | October 31, 2012 / 6:00 am

    Thank you so much for the explanation video. Now I can sleep at night without wondering how it was done. I noticed the signal lights changing very quickly and had suspicions but I had no idea how much work you had to do for such a smooth effect. Super job… very impressive. I will **NOT** be trying this for my town – LOL. Best wishes and thanks again, Lindy

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