Fantastic video, strange locale

Everyone’s heard of a stairway to heaven, but how about an elevator? That’s just what visitors to the Standard Hotel in New York will experience thanks to the incredibly cool art installation “Civilization” by artist Marco Brambilla—an amazing video mural that takes guests from fiery infernos to paradise as the elevator ascends.

Brambilla, who worked with Toronto-based production company Crush, integrated hundreds of original and movie clips (providing lots of “Hey, was that the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?” moments) that seamlessly glide from one landscape to the next. We’re guessing the ride up might feel a little better (heaven) than going down to street level (hell), but in either direction, you’ll want to linger before departing. The best part? You can see “Civilization” here without paying for a room.

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