A series of waterfalls—an artwork by Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson—will be turned on in the East River in New York tonight. Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg will attend the opening ceremony along with other political and artistic leaders.
“The waterfalls are well suited to reveal the proportion of size in the cityscape,” Elíasson told Morgunbladid. “At the same time they reveal the ambiguous relation with time and public spaces through the body of the spectator. In that sense they encourage us to understand our environment and society. We are all closely connected with water.”
The project has received considerable attention from the international media. Yesterday, the New York Times dedicated part of its cover to Elíasson’s waterfalls.
New York authorities expect the waterfalls to cost around USD 55 million (EUR 35 million).
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