Video: Voyage TSQ

Times Square Arts brings Beau Stanton’s multi-channel animation Voyage to Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 p.m. to midnight every night in July. This project is a part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.

Influenced by imagery from Victorian patterns, letterpress printing, archetypal symbols, and apocalyptic themes, artist Beau Stanton – fresh from a massive commissioned mural for Dubai Walls – is known for his deeply metaphorical oil paintings that fuse these elements with modern environmental realities. Translating oil to animation, Stanton has preserved his antiquated language with a style that emulates early moving images, pulling inspiration from the zoetrope and the Lumiere brothers’ cinematograph.

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.

Production and animation by Wesley Wingo, Ryan Savini, and Brent Ferguson.

Curated by Lori Zimmer.


Video by Carlos Soto
Music by Arbos