Civilization: The Elevator from Hell and Back!

Civilization: The Elevator from Hell and Back!

Riding in a hotel elevator has just become much more daring if you visit the Standard Hotel in New York City, because the Standard Hotel’s elevator is now making all local stops to Hell!! Civilization is a piece of video artwork created by artist Marco Brambilla for the hotel’s elevators, which gives the effect of either ascending to heaven or descending to hell, depending on which floor you’re headed to. Civilization was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and combines looped footage from over 400 different sources. The short film plays on a high-defini­tion monitor which is observed through a viewing port in each of the hotel’s elevators and moves according to the direction of the elevator.

Civilization: The Elevator from Hell and Back!

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