The Lane Train

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WTF #10: The Waterfalls Project

Posted by thelanetrain on June 26, 2008

Today marks the “grand opening” of the city’s latest massive installation art project: Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfalls.  In an article in today’s New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg has been touting the project all morning and was making the rounds to get New Yorkers excited about seeing water (because we obviously don’t see enough of it, being that our city is a freakin’ archipelago).  It is the largest public art project to be displayed in New York City since The Gates, and pumps 35,000 gallons of water a minute.  Bloomberg calls it a triumph of human imagination, and expects the privately (and partially publicly) financed project (which cost $15.5 million) to generate about $55 million in economic revenue for the city.

Today I saw the waterfall that’s on the north shore of Governor’s Island.  All I can say is: that shit’s weak.  From a distance, it barely looks like anything’s coming out, and furthermore, its just a giant metal frame that’s messing up the landscape.

Plus aren’t we in like some sort of economic crisis anyway?  How can we spend money on stuff like this?  And I really hope these aren’t being powered by gas.

(Photograph via The New York Times)

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