The Blowing Bowler
The Blowing Bowler is a stop-motion animation depicting a brief history of New York City’s subway car designs as a man pursues his bowler hat in an historic subway station. As the man chases his hat down a tunnel, a progression of subway cars roll by, representing subway car design evolution. Red Nose Studio created models from wood, clay, fabric, wire, cardboard and found objects, then painstakingly filmed each motion as a frame for the animation. In addition to The Blowing Bowler, three shorter film loops feature comical cat-and-mouse antics referencing the round-the-clock operations of the NYC Transit system and a ridership that is always on the move. The animations air simultaneously for two minutes at the top of each hour all day, every day, on large-scale 52-channel displays, ranging from 55-inch LCD monitors to monumental LED walls, measuring 31.5 feet by 18.9 feet, in the Fulton Center station complex in Lower Manhattan.