Have you ever gone away for a big waterfall? The sound of splashing water out of nowhere when you start getting out of breath. Then a magnificent waterfall flashes out in your sight… Here is a good news for everybody who is not good at hiking much but interested in a big waterfall(s). (Not only 1 but 4!)
I had no chance to see his work at Mori museum‘s “A Retrospective of the Turner Prize” in May, Tokyo. Moreover, I wasn’t able to be one of two million people that visited “The Weather Project” at Tate Modern during its 5 months exhibit in 2003. Olafur Eliasson is the artist who led his large audience to the visionary world with 200 light bulbs, mirror, and mist at that site.
Did you already take a look at images in this article? Four waterfalls in just 3 square kilometers in downtown New York City. These manmade waterfalls that let water run down from 40 meters high frameworks stand out on the waterfront. Please let yourself go peacefully to your heart’s content on the waterside as you come up with a question like what is the art? or what is the difference between these and the fountain in the park? It is always cool and breezy on the waterfront in summer.
Ain’t the only one thinking Art and Science closely parallel one another? To the full extent of intelligence and technology, both have a process undergoing analysis and reconstruction of the nature world. This Copenhagen-born Icelander seems to be one of the artist that have people recognize its gray bound area. Simply taking control of light, water, wind, and temperature as his tools, he leaves audience spellbounded. With the presence of the time that quite sometimes being forgotten even its essential role of the nature.
His exhibit “Take Your Time” has been at MoMA and PS1 before this waterfalls project. What color of pen do you usually write in? Black? Or Blue? Try different color from tomorrow until it gets out of ink. And then start using an original one again. The feeling you get at this time is my impression on his show. I myself sometimes feel exhausted not only physically but also mentally after walk around a museum. However, I felt refreshment of my mind and body this time. You can tell from the fact that kids were tickled pink obviously at his section of the museum.
Let’s get back to the story and talk about recommended sites. You can identify with one of the tourists holding your camera among them, or go across the Manhattan bridge viewing beautifully lit waterfalls at night, or go on a cruise for close look. A ferry ride is also available for free. You may be able to peep from a gap between boardwalks on Brooklyn bridge that I haven’t try yet, though.
This project organizer, “Public Art Fund“, has executed installations, exhibits, and so on in pubic space for 30 years since 1977. They have worked with more than 500 artists offering unique platform for them. Currently some installations besides this project on view as follows. Chris Burden “What My Dad Gave Me” (Rockefeller Center), James Yamada “Our Starry Night” (Doris C. Freedman PLZ 60th St/5th Ave), “Everyday Eden” (Metroteck Center / Brooklyn)
I really appreciate for their effort including the artist of not sparing themselves under the restricted circumstances of public space rather exploiting itself. Don’t miss it when you visit this city this summer.
By the way, it is hazy today in New York and its sunset is at 8:29 p.m.. Bon voyage!
Installation: Olafur Eliasson
Date: June 26th – October 13th, 2008
Hours: 7a.m. to 10p.m. (Tue/Thu 9a.m. to 10p.m.) *Will be lit after sunset
Place: Pier 35 (Manhattan) / Brooklyn Bridge / Brooklyn Pier (Brooklyn) / Governors Island
Free Governors Island ferry (7 min. ride only Fri, Sat, and Sun) and Staten Island ferry (daily) are also available besides the official water tour operator, Circle Line Downtown.