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The New York City Waterfalls

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The New York City Waterfalls

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From June 26th to October 13th, NYC will be hosting a public art installation designed by artist Olafur Eliasson. The project consists of four man-made waterfalls stationed in New York Harbor ranging from 90 to 120 feet tall. From the press release –

Public Art Fund, working in partnership with Tishman Construction Corporation, engaged a team of almost 200 design, engineering and construction professionals to build the Waterfalls, which are constructed with building elements that are ubiquitous throughout New York. Actual construction scaffolding forms the backbone of the Waterfalls, and pumps will cycle water from the East River to the top of each structure before it falls back into the river. Following the completion of The New York City Waterfalls in October, all scaffolding will be re-used in subsequent construction projects.

Project site – The New York City Waterfallls
NY Times slideshow

[Thanks, Erica!]

10 thoughts on “The New York City Waterfalls

  1. Anonymous says:

    You should credit the artist. The project is by Olafur Eliasson.

  2. Collin Cunningham says:


  3. Dude says:

    As a unwritten rule in the art world, the artist receive 1/3 of the entire cost as artist fee FYI. I think this is a total waste of the city tax dollars and I feel that Olafur steal our tax money! I have to pay extra 4% of taxes just because I live in the 5 boroughs and in a certain tax bracket. I don’t mind the dollars go to NYPD but going to this stupid temporary junk? Why our school fundings keep being cut while the money goes to this piece of shit?

  4. Collin Cunningham says:

    @Dude – Cool yer jets, taxpayer! Doesn’t seem like much (if any) of your money paid for this, the Public Art Fund footed the bill –

    “The Public Art Fund is a non-profit art organization supported by generous contributions
    from individuals, foundations, and corporations, and with funds from National Endowment for
    the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; and the New York City
    Department of Cultural Affairs. ” –

    apparently mayor Bloomberg’s company was the biggest donor.
    PS – I edited your post a tad. keep it constructive, k?

  5. Thursday Next says:

    We went down to NYC for the day on Friday & took the young Nexts on the Staten Island Ferry. You get a very good view of one of the waterfalls. I asked one of the Ferry guys what it was, and he said, “I don’t have the slightest idea. It just showed up a couple of days ago.”

    Mystery solved, for us, anyway.

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