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I am too busy at work and at the new home to report on recent happenings.  So it is time to offload some posts that have been sitting around, let’s visit NYC, my fav place on this planet.

The New York City Waterfalls was unexpectedly a controversial public art project.  It was dismantled early because when there was wind, the salty and dirty water from the East River was blown onto a nearby park killing the plants, and raining on patrons at riverside restaurants.

In a TED conference, the artist responsible – Olafur Eliasson explains that the Waterfall in NY was not simply a matter of putting nature into the city.  It also provides one with a sense of the space of the city.  His explanation is interesting. He spent a lot of time outdoors in his native Iceland where there are lots of waterfalls. By observing the speed at which the water falls to the bottom, he can judge how far the waterfall is from where he is standing.

Out of sheer laziness, I missed the waterfalls and have to borrowed these photos from Wikipedia.   The project involved four towers of scaffolding, ranging from 90 to 120 feet, situated in NYC’s East River, including locations under the Brooklyn Bridge and on Governors Island.

The project’s website: NYC Waterfalls.


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