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Waterfalls in the East River?

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Mayor Bloomberg and the Public Art Fund have announced that Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has been commissioned to build four man-made Waterfalls in the East River, at the southern tip of Manhattan (one near the Brooklyn Bridge).

The artist has “designed what will likely be the city's biggest public art project since Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates". The installation will consist of a series of freestanding waterfalls in the East River…the waterfalls will rise about 60 to 70 feet above the water — more than half as high as the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge.” From a New York Sun article titled “Waterfalls as Art To Be Installed in East River”. 

According to the article “Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates," attracted 1.5 million out-of-town visitors and generated $254 million in economic activity for the city. The project cost was more than $20 million and was financed entirely by the artists.”

The waterfalls project “will cost $15 million, funded by private donations to New York's Public Art Fund” and will hopefully “create $55 million in extra tourism revenue.” From Reuters.com: Artist to build four giant waterfalls in New York

To learn more about the artist, the Art Division owns several books on Olafur Eliasson. 

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Olafur Eliasson

He also has an upcoming exhibit at PS1 in April.

Olafur Eliasson

The waterfalls project is to coincide with a retrospective exhibition of Eliasson's work, called "<a href="http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/exhibitions.php?id=3991&ref=calendar">Take Your Time</a>," which will be at the Museum of Modern Art / P.S.1 from April 20 to June 30, 2008.

Profile in the New Yorker

I enjoyed this <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/11/13/061113fa_fact_zarin">profile</a> of Eliasson in the <a href="http://tm9qt7lg9g.search.serialssolutions.com/?V=1.0&S=T_W_A&C=new%20yorker">New Yorker</a>, too. [<a href="http://wu9fb9wh4a.search.serialssolutions.com/?citationsubmit=Look%C2%A0Up&sid=sersol%3ARefinerQuery&rfr_id=info%3Asid%2Fsersol%3ARefinerQuery&rft.aulast=Zarin&rft.title=New+Yorker&url_ver=Z39.88-2004&l=WU9FB9WH4A&rft_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Ajournal&rft.date=2006-11-13&rft.atitle=Seeing+Things&SS_ReferentFormat=JournalFormat&SS_LibHash=WU9FB9WH4A&rft.issn=0028-792X&SS_issnh=0028-792X&issn=0028-792X&rft.genre=article&rft.aufirst=Cynthia">OpenURL</a>]

waterfalls pics

They have some photos of the construction up at www.newyorkcitywaterfalls.com - looks great!

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