A groundbreaking public technology sculpture known as "The Portal'' is set to form a visual bridge between New York City and Dublin, and launched on May 8, 2024.

Conceived as a testament to the power of art to transcend physical barriers, "The Portal'' offers the public a real-time, visual live stream that connects these two iconic cities.

The Portal in New York City will be installed on the Flatiron South Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street.

In Dublin, the Portal will be installed facing the capital's main street, O'Connell Street, on North Earl Street, and will capture the iconic vista of both Dublin’s famous GPO building and the Spire together. Dublin City Council has delivered the sculpture as part of its designation as the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2024. 

Founded by Lithuanian artist and entrepreneur Benediktas Gylys, Portals are an invitation to meet fellow humans above borders and differences and to experience our world as it really is - united and one. The livestream of Portals provides a window between distant locations, allowing people to meet outside of their social circles and cultures.

“We are honored to host the Portal’s North American debut on the Flatiron Public Plazas, at one of New York City’s most dynamic intersections,” said James Mettham, President of the Flatiron NoMad Partnership.

“This real-time connection between two iconic public spaces in global cities on either side of the Atlantic will bring people together, both physically and digitally, becoming a captivating attraction for New Yorkers and visitors alike.”

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste, announced the partnership, highlighting its importance as Dublin embraces the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism 24.

"As we celebrate our Capital designation, the Portal project symbolizes Dublin's commitment to connecting, not just within the EU but also, with cities like New York, with which we share a deep historical and cultural bond.

"This project exemplifies the fusion of technology and engineering to bring communities from across the world closer together," stated the Lord Mayor.

“Two amazing global cities, connected in real time and space. That is something you do not see every day!” said New York City Chief Public Realm Officer Ya-Ting Liu.

“We are so excited to have The Portal as a public interactive art installation, showcasing the vibrancy of our city streets and providing a new point for human connection between New Yorkers and Dubliners.  We thank the City of Dublin, NYC DOT Art Program, the Flatiron NoMad Partnership, and the Simons Foundation for bringing this vision to life.”

"The Portal" is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Flatiron NoMad Partnership, Simons Foundation, NYC DOT Art, Dublin City Council, the EU Capital of Smart Tourism, and portals.org team.  Their support and dedication have been instrumental in bringing this visionary project to life.

The project will run from May 8 until fall 2024.