At long last! A work of art I get to experience in person!
The Battery Park Conservancy has been working for 10 years along with stage designer George Tsypin and WXY Architecture to bring a very special carousel to Battery Park (newly dubbed “The Battery”) in New York City’s Financial District. The SeaGlass Carousel opened on Thursday, August 20, to wild acclaim. Looking at the pictures, the $16 million price tag seems like money well spent. I work only 3 blocks from the spot, so I see lots of lunchtime visits in my future.
The design is absolutely stunning. We’ve been admiring the building’s nautilus shell shape since it first went up, and now that I know what it contains, I can’t wait to get over there!
The design of the creatures is especially innovative. As designer Tsypin pointed out, “You can’t ride a shark like a horse.” He ended up designing individual moving fish-shaped enclosures which allow riders to “become the fish.”