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East River Water Falls As Art

 
 
JLNobody
 
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Reply Sun 29 Jun, 2008 05:32 pm
Yes, scale would be important in this case.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 29 Jun, 2008 06:04 pm
Kicky, what do you think of Paley Park? (On 53rd between Madison and Fifth.. )


http://www.mediabistro.com/unbeige/original/nyc_paley_park_steps_water_wall_xlarge.jpg

Links on it -

http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=69

http://www.mediabistro.com/unbeige/parks_public_spaces/paley_park_private_public_space_done_right_19774.asp
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sun 29 Jun, 2008 06:23 pm
Paley Park is a triumph, a wonder and a thrill (really) and if you restrain the urge to pee from all the inspirational water falling, it can be a refuge from the city's constant noise for about an hour for me, then I have to get somewhere bustling.

Joe(down to the Pan mebbe)Nation
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 29 Jun, 2008 06:32 pm
I read about it years ago and am sorry I missed it. I think that is a kind of art, it makes a big impact on a small space, does have a function, past beauty, re city noise. I even like the tree pruning relative to the lines of the fall.
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kickycan
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2008 08:58 am
Paley Park, huh? I didn't know that little spot was anything noteworthy. I remember sitting there for breaks during a short freelance gig I had in that neighborhood. There are a lot of little open areas like that in mid-town, but I guess that is the only place where you get a mini-waterfall to sit by while you're taking a breather. I enjoyed the space immensely when I was there.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2008 09:11 am
I love Paley park. It's very subtle, nothing presumptuous, but beautiful.

I also like Eliasson a good deal. Saw his current exposition at MoMA, and liked it well enough, though I wasn't exactly swept off my feet. Guess I'd have to see the waterfalls first to know if i like them, but i wouldn't go out of my way to go see them, so i'll likely never know and that's fine by me.

I like this piece (Remagine) especially, though this wasn't at MoMA:

http://www.olafureliasson.net/selected_works/sw_bilder/Remagine_lv_1_03.jpg
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Mon 30 Jun, 2008 09:14 am
The waterfalls have their own website:

http://www.nycwaterfalls.org/
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Aug, 2008 07:26 pm
Just saw this thread again.

Have to add, not just the tree pruning, but the choice of the tree species. It all works, or it does from here.
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cptjack
 
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Reply Sun 3 Aug, 2008 05:35 am
Waterfalls.. awesome!
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 08:32 pm
@TilleyWink,
http://brooklynpaper.com/stories/31/34/31_34_sp_waterfalls.html

Quote:

TREE-BACLE!

The head of the Brooklyn Heights Association wants the city to shut down a pair of arborcidal waterfalls by Labor Day " just as the Public Arts Fund began giving local trees baths to save them from the displays’ dangerous mist.

“Our feeling is if you’ve seen the damage that’s occurred, why don’t you turn off the falls?” asked Executive Director Judy Stanton.

Since the installation of artist Olafur Eliasson’s four massive East River sprinklers, residents on the Brooklyn side have complained that salt contained in the contraptions’ mist is destroying leaves of nearby trees, and possibly killing them.

“I think it’s enough,” Stanton said. “They’re damaging the local environment and I don’t think it’s worth it to have this question remain: Will the trees come back?”
Brooklyn Bridge Realty

The spray is also affecting cars " River Café customers and Heights residents along Montague Terrace and Columbia Heights are having trouble getting rid of the oil residue and salt on their vehicles, said Stanton and River Café manager Scott Stamford.

“When people come to a restaurant, they have expectations of what they expect a reputation of 30 years in business to be,” Stamford said. “When they come and see the dead trees, it just sends the wrong message.”

Project organizers said this week that they are trying to fix the problem. Every morning, arborists from the Parks Department now rinse the trees and leaves along the Promenade and in the River Café’s garden with fresh water and flush salt from the soil.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Aug, 2008 08:55 pm
@ehBeth,
Ah ha...
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