Gallery: NYC sprouts waterfalls thanks to Olafur Eliasson


Danish Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson advocates that folks learn to Take Their Time, either at his current MoMA retrospective or for the viewing of his upcoming NYC Waterfalls project. With all spigots finally a-go, this $15 million dollar environmental installation project is set to launch on the banks of NYC’s East River and NY Harbor this Thursday, June 26. The wunderkind artist plans to have four freestanding waterfall sculptures awash in cascading water that will fall from heights of 90 to 120 feet. Touted to be the next best thing (economically) for the city since Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s saffron-colored Gates Project in Central Park, we will leave up to you as to whether you think that ‘waterfall chasing’ merits extra points for NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg as he moves to green our urban shores.

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  1. clairseach June 25, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I guess if you’ve never seen a waterfall…
    I think he’s trying to get people to think about industrial effluent, that’s what it makes me think of.
    See for a building that incorporates a 90 m tiered waterfall into the design.

  2. BlueBerry June 25, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I was driving and didn’t have the time to stop and pay great attention but…. It was kind of So-So. Those were only the test runs, Maybe all four working together will make it more interesting.

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