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May 16, 2024

Art at Amtrak at Moynihan Train Hall: Tin & Ed We Are Made of Time

Amtrak – in partnership with Moynihan Train Hall and Empire State Development – continues its celebrated Art at Amtrak public art program with a new video installation at Moynihan Train Hall, We Are Made of Time by artists Tin & Ed. The piece is live until Monday, July 15 and is featured on the station’s 160-foot-wide, state-of-the-art 4mm LED digital screens. For the first time in program history, it will also run on the station’s digital advertising display boards. We Are Made of Time performs a temporal magic trick, compressing 4.5 billion years of Earth’s geological change into a symphonic moment.

“By investing in artwork and continuing to produce new installations like We Are Made of Time, Amtrak stations now double as art galleries,” said Art at Amtrak Director Sharon Tepper. “Amtrak continues to enhance our customer experience through Art at Amtrak, and via Tin & Ed’s new video, we have added a unique and educational adventure to their trip.”

Like a cabinet of curiosity, their film layers time scales together—cosmic, geological and biological—revealing loops, patterns and connections, at once ancient and beyond our lifetime. Viewers are invited to see time as non-linear, considering how geological events millions of years ago still connect to us. Using procedural modeling software, Tin & Ed have generated rocks, minerals, 3D sculpted fossils and scanned elements, including Tennessee Marble used in the construction of Moynihan Train Hall and the original Penn Station. These items are placed into a fluid constantly shifting panoramic landscape—one unmoored from linear time.

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