NYC Waterfalls
June 16, 2008 12:47 PM   Subscribe

NYC Waterfalls -- On June 26th, four waterfalls will go up around New York City. Designed by Olafur Eliasson and paid for, in part, by the Public Art Fund. Rendering of what they will look like here.
posted by brooklynexperiment (24 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Should be interesting. Though a guerilla action like this one of dumping green dye in the river would be more exciting, given the post 9/11 ....
posted by R. Mutt at 12:56 PM on June 16, 2008


Neat. His peice at the Tate remains the best use of the Turbine Hall I've seen.
posted by Artw at 12:56 PM on June 16, 2008


Funny, I don't see his green river piece listed on his website.
posted by R. Mutt at 12:57 PM on June 16, 2008


Why does all the cool stuff happen when I leave the city?
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:07 PM on June 16, 2008


So, this work represents the majesty and grandeur of large-scale energy consumption to no useful purpose? I like it!
posted by gurple at 1:20 PM on June 16, 2008


Oh, cool, why can't I live in NYC? Seconding artw, The Weather Project at the Tate Modern was brilliant.
posted by penguinliz at 1:21 PM on June 16, 2008


The 90 to 120-foot tall installations, which have been designed to protect water quality and aquatic life, will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week

Cool. Ours only runs on one evening of each of the summer long weekends.
posted by hangashore at 1:27 PM on June 16, 2008


Why does all the cool stuff happen on my birthday?
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:58 PM on June 16, 2008


Wanna see water? We got water. And finally, it's even falling.
posted by MarshallPoe at 1:59 PM on June 16, 2008


I guess I am missing the p;oint, somewhere, but for so spectacular an addition to the bridges in the city, and such an eye-catching addition, why can't it be made a permanent addition?
posted by Postroad at 2:01 PM on June 16, 2008


Ours only runs on one evening of each of the summer long weekends.

I immediately thought of Edmonton too.
posted by painquale at 2:10 PM on June 16, 2008


why can't it be made a permanent addition?

Because of money, I assume. These things can't be cheap to run. As it says in the link that hangashore offers, the cost of running Edmonton's fake waterfall is approximately $2,000 per hour. Does it say how much the NYC waterfalls cost in any of those links? I can't find any info on it.
posted by painquale at 2:15 PM on June 16, 2008


CAUTION: Do not go chasing these installations.
posted by Eideteker at 2:37 PM on June 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Please stick to the rivers and the lakes you're used to.
posted by mattbucher at 2:55 PM on June 16, 2008


I know that you're gonna have it your way or nothing at all.
posted by P.o.B. at 3:09 PM on June 16, 2008


Ok. These are very cool.
posted by Thorzdad at 3:23 PM on June 16, 2008


Thorzdad, I think you were moving too fast.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:25 PM on June 16, 2008


I'm already trying to talk myself out of booking a flight from CA to visit these. Saw his exhibition at the SFMOMA, and it's one of the most memorable I've ever seen, there or anywhere. (Not that I get out that much, so take my enthusiasm with a grain of salt).

Not unlike architect Philip Johnson, he's a master of creating the maximum amount of "wow" with maddeningly simple means.
posted by treepour at 9:53 PM on June 16, 2008


There's more detail here.
posted by Slagman at 10:16 PM on June 16, 2008


I was talking about these with a livery driver the other night, as we were crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. He hadn't heard about the project yet, but was clearly fascinated. I like when art draws people in like that.

I'd normally be in the city on a Thursday, but not next week. Have to check it out over the weekend I guess...
posted by pupdog at 11:16 PM on June 16, 2008


I know of at least one current NYC waterfall in Morningside Park.
posted by splatta at 6:17 AM on June 17, 2008


Bloomberg just wastes public funds with his grand art installations instead of fixing NYC crippled infrastructure. Just take a ride in NYC subway or look through this article to get my point.
posted by Surfin' Bird at 8:17 AM on June 17, 2008


Another thing that's fun, Surfin' Bird, is to click on the links in the post, where you can read things like:

the Waterfalls, funded with private support
posted by Greg Nog at 11:11 AM on June 17, 2008


to Greg Nog: ...but that would involve reading :)
posted by Surfin' Bird at 6:38 AM on June 18, 2008


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