outSIDEIN is an interactive light installation intended to transform the experience of the deteriorated New York City Subway tunnel at 191st Street station, also known as the tunnel of doom. The installation entailed a false ceilingthat appeared to be cracked, and a combination of artificial light and fog simulated a striking natural effect of light emanating from the sky. Lighting was programmed to imitate the color and intensity of the daylight outside of the tunnel. When the weather outside was sunny, the light projected inside through the cracks was bright and yellow. When the weather outside was foggy, the light shining over the passers-by was soft and blue. The outside space seeping into the inside of the underground tunnel came as an unexpected delight to pedestrians. As such, it transformed the experience of the dark, dank, and incredibly creepy space into a place of unexpected serenity. The project was included on the art roster for the Los Angeles County METRO.
The color of the light is programmed to change based on the color of the natural light outside of the tunnel.