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When New York City Takes a Shower

The artist Olafur Eliasson's much-publicized initiative cost $15 million. It will appear from June 26 to Oct. 13 and run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

City officials and the Public Art Fund say that no city money is being used to pay for the waterfalls, with all of the funds coming from foundations, corporations and private supporters.

Here's where, and how --



How the water falls




Persoanlly I like the view behind the grand waterfalls best because, like the Wizard of Oz, all big things are very tiny in reality.

But if you do find yourself in my city, go to Manhattan's Pier 17 for a clearer view of all four installations.

slide show, news article, Eliasson's illusions ...

"Art," Eliasson said, "must be accessable." Well, artists have been making that statement for the past numerous centuries but.

O.K. Then again what if some of us would like to see art that is not accessable? Do we have that right too?

In any case, thanks O. E., along with Bjork and Gudjohnson, your intention is good nevertheless.

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Do they still open the valves on the fire hydrants when it gets hot so kids can jump around in the water? If so, aren't the people of the Bronx, Brooklyn and uptown Eliasson's spiritual forbears?

You know the scene it's very hum-drum
And my favorite song's entitled "Boredom"...
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Still do In fact in many parts of NYC the fire department volunteers to open the hydrants when it gets above 85 degress.

While Eliaason's installations may be pleasing to the eye, there is a certain *precious* quality to them. It is like telling a starving man not to touch the bread, wine and fruit on the alter just because those aren't for us foolish mortals.

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Saw the installations by chance today from the subway.

For the money and efforts that went into building these waterfalls, they look so *small* Not in stature of course but in spirit.

At times like these I so miss Robert Smithson

https://www.xtratime.org/forum/showthread.php?t=171706


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