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Jim Campbell, Scattered Light, 2010, in Madison Square Park
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by Charlie Finch

If you are going to artist Jim Campbell's extraordinary installation "Scattered Light" at Madison Square Park in Manhattan, do it as I did, 'round midnight with someone you love. From different perspectives, this expanse of 2,000 randomly blinking white lights turns from a block of romantic ice to a marvelous frieze that projects the shadows of those walking behind it and back into a curtain of pure unending white.