Juxtapoz friend and artist/muralist/and now animator Beau Stanton has created a special short animation, “Voyage,” for Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 p.m. to midnight every night in July 2016. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.
The Times Square Arts program has had a strong few years, with programming with JR, Faile, Os Gemeos, and of course, if we do say so ourselves, the Juxtapoz x Victory Journal “T.Sq Newsstand” that we had in the square last October. Beau’s animation continues a great curation and theme of getting more and more emerging and contemporary artists working in the massive outdoor space. The project was curated by Lori Zimmer.
In Voyage, a multi-channel animated narrative, Stanton’s detailed oils come to life to follow the journey of a ship through a series of surreal events and environments. From the first person perspective, the viewer is taken on an adventure deep under the sea, where we encounter mythical beasts, haunting shipwrecks, the ruins of a lost civilization, and the great leviathan. With a whimsical and somewhat Victorian feel, Voyage combines ancient maritime legends, man’s eternal struggle with nature, and current environmental concerns with our everlasting thirst for discovery.