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New York City Waterfalls

Public Art Fund Brings Waterfalls to New York City for the Summer


New York City Waterfalls

About The New York City Waterfalls

The New York City Waterfalls is a new work of public art by artist Olafur Eliasson featuring four 90- to 120-foot man-made waterfalls on the shores of the New York waterfront.

Eliasson says he was inspired by the waterways that surround and flow through the City. With the New York City Waterfalls, he strives to integrate the spectacular beauty of nature into the urban landscape on a dramatic scale.

The New York City Waterfalls will be on view from June 26, 2008 through October 13, 2008 at four sites: one on the Brooklyn anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge; one on the Brooklyn Piers, between Piers 4 and 5 near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade; one in Lower Manhattan at Pier 35 north of the Manhattan Bridge; and one on the north shore of Governors Island.

The waterfalls will operate from 7AM to 10PM daily (9AM to 10PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and be lit after sunset.

Where to View The New York City Waterfalls

You can enjoy great views of the Waterfalls from any of several suggested vantage points around the waterfront in Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as at Governors Island. Download a free map showing where to view the New York City Waterfalls.

You can also see the Waterfalls from the water. Circle Line Downtown is offering free and specially-priced daily boat tours to view the Waterfalls. A select number of free tickets for this official 30-minute journey is available for tours each day by calling 866-9CLINE1 (1.866.925.4631). The special boat trips will leave from Pier 16, South Street Seaport in Manhattan and will include an audio introduction by the artist and up-close views of the Waterfalls.

The free Governors Island and Staten Island Ferries also provide views of the Waterfalls on Governors Island and at the Brooklyn Piers. The Staten Island Ferry runs daily and the six-minute Governor’s Island Ferry will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the duration of The New York City Waterfalls exhibition.

How The New York City Waterfalls Work

The Waterfalls are made of common building material -- primarily scaffolding, pumps and piping. Water from the East River is collected in intake filter pools. Pumps pull water out of these pools and raise it in pipes to the top of the scaffolding. The water is then pushed over a trough and falls back into the river creating a waterfall effect. The water is re-circulated into the intake filter pools and pumped to the top of the structures again and again.

About Waterfalls Artist Olafur Eliasson

The New York City Waterfalls was conceived by artist Olafur Eliasson, who was born in Copenhagen and grew up in both Iceland and Denmark. He attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and currently divides his time between his family home in Copenhagen and his studio in Berlin. Throughout his career, he has taken inspiration from natural elements and phenomena to create sculptures and installations that evoke sensory experiences.

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