Max Neuhaus’s Times Square is a rich harmonic sound texture emerging from the north end of the triangular pedestrian island located at Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets in New York City. Most people originally think the deep and ominous hum that comes through the subway grate is from a generator or some kind of New York City equipment being used underground. The art was installed on site from 1977 to 1992.
The Times Square Street Business Improvement District and Christine Burgin collaborated with MTA Arts for Transit and Dia to reinstate the project in May of 2002. Max Neuhaus, the artist, was a percussionist and interpreter of music in the 1960s who later became a pioneer in the field of sound art.
Over the past few decades he has created permanent sound art installations in the U.S. and Europe. He has also done short-term works throughout museums and spaces in the U.S. and Europe, as well as, many one-person exhibitions of his drawings.