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GIANT 'TELESCOPE' LINKS LONDON AND NEW YORK A British artist has created an a telescopic device that allows Londoners to watch New Yorkers in real time - and vice versa. The idea was based on a 19th century hoax that started in 1877, when a French editor mistook the fake invention of "telectroscope" (an electronic telescope that projects images just like a modern TV) as real, and even attributed it to Alexander Graham Bell. Now the fabled "telescope" has been made a reality - thanks to the creative mind of artist Paul St. George. The Telectroscope was installed on the south bank of the River Thames on 22 May 2008, standing an impressive 11.2-meters-(37 feet) long by 3.3-meters-(11 feet) tall. An identical device was erected on Fulton Ferry Landing by the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. St. George says, "The journalist misunderstood what it was about and wrote in the article that it was a device for the suppression of absence. "The accidental hope captured their imagination, and lots of people at the end of the 19th century thought it was a great idea. "We all have that idea in our head if we could make a tunnel to the other side of the Earth. "But we are not all crazy enough to actually try and do it." The Telectroscope was on display and open to the public 24 hours a day in London and New York until June 15. (PAW/WN/LJ) Supplied by WENN
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