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A public art project in the Irish city of Dublin and the American city of New York allows for real-time interaction between people in the two cities.

The portal was paused earlier this week but has since been operational again during certain hours. The portal was paused after inappropriate behaviour was reported on one side of the portal.

The aim of the portal is to unite citizens across the Atlantic.

The New York side of the portal is located on the Flatiron South Public Plaza where Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street meet up, one of the city’s biggest and most famous intersections.

The Dublin side of the portal is located on O’Connell Street with both the GPO and the Spire visible.

The New York City Council said the portal has been a massive hit and since it was started, it has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors and was the result of almost two billion online impressions.

“The overwhelming majority of people who have visited the Portal sculptures have experienced the sense of joy and connectedness that these works of public art invite people to have.”

To assist with crowd management, fencing has been installed on the New York side along with more signage and spacing decals.

Image credit: Sky News

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