waterfalls invade new york

February 28, 2008 at 7:44 am 1 comment

This summer New York’s East River will undergo a fluvial transformation – four large waterfalls will be installed by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

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The 60-70ft high falls will be located at various points up the river and are predicted to cost up to $15 million dollars, paid for by the non-profit organization Public Art Fund. They will be up between mid-July and mid-October this year.

With the exception of one nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, the waterfalls are freestanding and resemble each other. I’m a bit wait and see on this one. For me, they seem a bit lackluster. I don’t quite connect with the idea the artist has when he explains: “A waterfall is not just an iconic phenomenon, it is also free-falling water – in the literal sense, but also in the sense that it is freely accessible.”  Waterfalls are iconic and they are phenomenons – I’m not sure these installations are either. I think it would make more sense to me if these were integrated into the fabric of the city somehow and not in the middle of the river where you can’t experience it.

source: NY Sun , Official Website

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  • 1. seaweedhooves  |  February 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    OMG, isn’t an East River Waterfall some kind of oxymoron?


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