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A portal connecting New York to Dublin uses a futuristic sculpture for offensive gossip


Irish pranksters are using a ‘portal’ between Manhattan and Dublin to troll New Yorkers with 9/11 videos and nudity.

The futuristic sculpture forms a 24/7 virtual bridge, live streaming life from across the Atlantic.

The New York City portal is in front of the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue and Dublin is on O’Connell Street in front of the GPO and the Spire.

When the Portal was activated on 8 May, crowds from both countries gathered with signs saying «Hello from New York» and «Welcome to Dublin».

But it didn’t take long for those with a different sense of humor to catch on to the project’s beneficial intentions.

Irish pranksters use ‘portal’ between Manhattan and Dublin to troll New Yorkers with 9/11 videos and nudity

An Irishman switched his view to a video of the World Trade Center towers burning and billowing black smoke during the 9/11 attacks.

An Irishman switched his view to a video of the World Trade Center towers burning and billowing black smoke during the 9/11 attacks.

Social media is awash with videos of hooligans baring their bottoms to strangers across the transatlantic ocean – or worse.

The usual view of people waving from the historic Irish capital was interrupted by a close-up of the man’s phone within hours of the portal opening.

First, «RIP Popsmoke» was shown, referring to American rapper Bashar Barakah Jackson, who was shot and killed in a home invasion on February 19, 2020.

Five men broke into Jackson’s Los Angeles home and demanded jewelry and shot him, three times with a Beretta M92, when he tried to fight them off.

The Irishman then switched to a video of the World Trade Center towers burning and billowing black smoke during the 9/11 attacks.

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Another video showed a woman being dragged away from the portal by police after leaning against the screen.

Another video showed a woman being dragged away from the portal by police after leaning against the screen

Another video showed a woman being dragged away from the portal by police after leaning against the screen

«She was basically in there for about 20 minutes very drunk and slapping and grinding into the portal before the guards came in,» the person who filmed it explained.

Less extreme was the Irishman, who waved to dozens of Americans on the other side before turning and winking at them.

Another man picked up a swastika on the phone and a lot of middlemen were exchanged on both sides.

The displays will run until the fall, but an official end date has not been announced.

«Portals are an invitation to meet people across borders and differences, and to experience our world as it really is – unified and one,» said Benediktas Gylys, Lithuanian artist and founder of The Portal.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí De Róiste has unveiled a portal in Dublin (pictured) showcasing people in New York

Dublin Lord Mayor Daithí De Róiste unveiled the portal in Dublin (pictured) and showed people in New York

The portal offers unfiltered live streaming from O'Connell Street in Dublin to the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

The portal offers unfiltered live streaming from O’Connell Street in Dublin to the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

«Live streaming provides a window between distant places, allowing people to meet outside their social circles and cultures, transcend geographic boundaries, and embrace the beauty of global connectivity.»

Dublin Mayor Daithí De Róiste unveiled a portal in Dublin which included a performance by The Liberties Majorettes as a nod to New York.

In the coming months, the two cities will share scheduled programming to celebrate New York Design Week and other yet-to-be-announced cultural performances.

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«Two amazing global cities, connected in real time and space,» said New York City Public Sphere Director Ya-Ting Liu, adding, «That’s something you don’t see every day!»

“We are so excited to have the portal as a public interactive art installation that showcases the vibrancy of our city’s streets and provides a new point of human connection between New Yorkers and Dubliners.

The portal was first created in 2021 by Lithuanian artist Benediktas Gylys, who also primarily funded it.  Pictured: The Dublin Portal before today's unveiling

The portal was first created in 2021 by Lithuanian artist Benediktas Gylys, who also primarily funded it. Pictured: The Dublin Portal before today’s unveiling

The portal was first unveiled in 2021 by the non-profit organization Benefiktas Gylys Foundation, which works to unify nations and has already set up similar portals in Lithuania and Poland.

«One of my key goals as mayor is to make the city more inclusive,» said De Róiste, who announced that the Dublin portal will also join other portal sites from July.

«I would encourage Dubliners and visitors to the city to come and interact with the statue and extend an Irish welcome and kindness to cities around the world.»

The portal represents a new kind of sculptural art that uses science and technology to connect people from all over the world and is the main goal of the Simons Foundation.

She worked with Dublin, Flatiron NoMad, NYC DOT Art, portals.org and the EU Smart Tourism Capital to bring the portal to life.

De Róiste announced that the Dublin portal will also join other portal locations in Poland and Lithuania from July.

De Róiste announced that the Dublin portal will also join other portal locations in Poland and Lithuania from July.

Gylys first attacked the portal in 2016 when a spiritual experience led him to look at the planet through a different lens and he developed a need to

Gylys first attacked the portal in 2016 when a spiritual experience led him to look at the planet through a different lens and he developed a need to «confront polarizing ideas» and find a way to communicate between people of different cultures.

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«Public spaces are what make New York City so vibrant and exciting,» said David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation.

“From music to art, the use of public spaces amplifies the collective voice of our city. We are committed to ensuring that science and technology continue to be part of that voice.”

Gylys first thought about the concept in 2016, when a spiritual experience led him to look at the planet through a different lens and he developed a need to «confront polarizing ideas» and find a way to communicate with people from different cultures.

He provided most of the funds needed to build the first two portals in cooperation with a team from VilniusTech University in Lithuania.

The first two portals were opened in May 2021 in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and in the Polish city of Lublin.



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