MIDTOWN — Every night this month, the advertisements flickering continuously across Times Square’s screens will pause for a brief moment.
In the three minutes before midnight, the screens are programmed to display a technicolor collage of footage shot across the city using a heat-sensitive camera.
The screen takeover is artist Peggy Ahwesh’s project “City Thermogram,” which features a variety of cityscapes shot with the camera.
Smokestacks, bridges, trees and subway riders appear in brilliant, neon hues.
“Shooting city views with a heat sensitive camera, I wandered with no particular goal, only amazement at the heat seeking bodies around me — people unaware of their energy potential,” Ahwesh said in a statement.
“The glow of the heat generating systems and devices we rely on – the cell phone, electrical power grid, the computer, steam as it rises from underground and hot summer streets.”
The installation started on April 1 and will continue through the end of the month.
It’s part of Time Square Arts project “The Midnight Moment”where the organization invites a different artist to use some of the screens each month just before midnight.