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An Electric Water Fountain…


In passing by Rockefeller Center one would think it was still Christmas time. Did they forget to take down the tree? or Maybe their keeping it up year round? Hoping people would feel joyful all year long… Actually standing in front of Rockefeller Center behind the statue of Prometheus is the “Electric Fountain”. A fountain of lights 35 feet tall and consisting of 3,390 LED bulbs that simulate the motion of water: “streaming, pooling, splashing and flowing, creating a hypnotic experience for viewers”. It is an installation by British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and is presented by the Art Production Fund.  

"Electric Fountain represents Noble & Webster's modern take on the world's oldest form of public art, the fountain. It simultaneously references iconic pop culture symbols, such as marquee signs in Las Vegas and Times Square, and historical fountains built in civic spaces, such as Bernini's Triton Fountain.”

"The project mimics the tradition of a fountain as a monument found in public squares around the world, but its magic lies in the emulation of light where water should be," said artist Sue Webster. "During daylight hours the viewer will really get a sense of Electric Fountain's architectural and sculptural qualities as the lights react with the changing moods of New York City's daily weather conditions. As nighttime falls, the sculptural form will slowly disappear into darkness leaving only the illusion of bright cascading water in its wake." From “Electric Fountain Bathes Rockefeller Center Plaza in Light.”

When the fountain comes down in April, a skyscraper made up of over one million steel replicas of the popular construction toy the Erector Set will be built. It is by the Los Angeles artist Chris Burden and is titled “What My Dad Gave Me.” It will be 65 feet tall and weigh over 70 tons, running from May 28th to July 13th. “From Toy to Skyscraper


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Electric Fountain

Thank you for the information. I was there several days ago and couldn't find any signs to identify what it is, who made it, or why it's there.

Electric Fountain

I am glad I could is quite amazing how many things are happening throughout the City. It can be hard to keep up with it all.

In the article about this

In the article about this installation in The New York Times, the artists say they got the idea from the bulbs surrounding the rides at the annual carnival in Nottingham, England. I used to live in Nottingham. I just thought this was neat. Love the blog!

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