London, May 23 : New Yorkers can now see their English cousins across the Atlantic without cable TV or video conferencing, courtesy the evolutionary new device 'Telectroscope'.
The Telectroscope is an extraordinary device that allows people in London to see across the Atlantic or the other way round.
The unusual live optical hookup created by a conceptual artist with a fanciful tale of a long-lost tunnel was placed at the Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn and another one on the Thames River in London on May 22. Brainchild of Paul St George, a 53-year-old artist based in London who - using broadband internet cable to transmit video images between the two venues at high speed - gives the impression that the two cities are connected via a telescope under the Atlantic sea.
For 1 pound a go, people will be able to wave down a massive viewing pipe into the earth and see New Yorkers waving back. It is the first time that spectators will be able to have a real-time, life-size view across the pond 24 hours a day.
"You are not going to spend four hours looking down this Telectroscope, but there are all sorts of lovely possibilities, you could arrange to meet friends in New York or even propose marriage down it!" the Telegraph quoted Nicky Webb, the director of the Telectroscope production company, Artichoke, as saying.
"Schools in Southwark and New York will be twinning up and using it. Its aim is to be something huge, impressive and magical," Webb added.