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Wow, I need to check this outit’s a giant ‘telescope’ links London and New York

As the first splinters of sunlight spread their warmth on the south bank of the River Thames on Thursday, it became clear that after more than a century, the vision of Victorian engineer Alexander Stanhope St. George had finally been realized.

In all its optical brilliance and brass and wood, there stood the Telectroscope: an 11.2-meter-(37 feet) long by 3.3-meter-(11 feet) tall dream of a device allowing people on one side of the Atlantic to look into its person-size lens and, in real time, see those on the other side via a recently completed tunnel running under the ocean. (Think 19th-century Webcam. Or maybe Victorian-age video phone.)

Paul St. George (the artist).
Telectroscope (blog).

4 thoughts on “Giant ‘telescope’ links London and New York

  1. E says:

    I don’t get it… is there a tunnel that the light travels through or is there a video camera on either end? And if so, then what’s with the huge drillbit and the numerous mentions of a tunnel?

  2. Bob Darlington says:

    It’s an art project, complete with cameras and video displays.

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