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Sea Salt and Battery

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Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Karsten Moran/The New York Times

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.”

Paul Quitoriano/Gothamist

Paul Quitoriano/Gothamist

Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Paul Quitoriano/Gothamist

Paul Quitoriano/Gothamist

Paul Quitoriano/Gothamist

Paul Quitoriano/Gothamist

Battery Park Conservancy

Battery Park Conservancy

Battery Park Conservancy

Battery Park Conservancy

Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Karsten Moran/The New York Times

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “Sea Salt and Battery

  1. That looks entirely magical. I will have to take my kids along some time when we come to NYC on a day trip.

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  2. Wouldn’t that be cool to ride at night, when it’s all lit up as if you are under water? I saw children riding it, but it does look magical (as Laura noted) and I can see plenty of adults wanting to “swim with the fishes”.

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  3. Great post. You are so fortunate to have this in your backyard. I would love to see this exhibit. Hope this last long enough for me to eventually make it to NYC and see it in person.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow!! i see a trip to NYC in my future to share the magic with Master.

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  5. Wow, it looks like a fantasy land. I wish I could see it up close and personal. Thanks for including the YouTube videos it looks amazing and nighttime must be like a dream.

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  6. Stunning and cool and fun – i want to go!

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