Imagine walking through the park on a Monday afternoon and suddenly hearing the violent blast of an air raid siren signaling that you have 15 seconds to find shelter before missiles strike.
A group called "Artists 4 Israel" wants New Yorkers to know that this terrifying scenario is a daily possibility for many people in Israel.
On Monday March 28, Artists 4 Israel attempted to simulate this terror in the park. The group designed an installation in Washington Square Park called “The Bomb Shelter” built to the exact specifications of bomb shelters in Israel on the border of Gaza. To give visitors the same visceral reaction that Israelis might feel when suddenly alerted to an attack, Artists 4 Israel planned to sound an air raid siren and have participates race to the shelter in 15 seconds. I went down to the park that afternoon to see how Artists 4 Israel translated this concept.
Grafitti Artist at "The Bomb Shelter" in Washington Square Park, NY