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    Take your time: Olafur Eliasson
    April 20–June 30, 2008

    MoMA, Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor
    MoMA, The Louise Reinhardt Smith Photography Gallery, third floor
    MoMA, The Robert and Joyce Menschel Photography Gallery, third floor
    MoMA, The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor
    P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
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    Take your time: Olafur Eliasson is the first comprehensive survey in the United States of works by Olafur Eliasson, whose immersive environments, sculptures, and photographs elegantly recreate the extremes of landscape and atmosphere in his native Scandinavia, while foregrounding the sensory experience of the work itself. Drawn from collections worldwide, the presentation spans over fifteen years of Eliasson's career. His constructions, at once eccentric and highly geometric, use multicolored washes, focused projections of light, mirrors, and elements such as water, stone, and moss to shift the viewer's perception of place and self. By transforming the gallery into a hybrid space of nature and culture, Eliasson prompts an intensive engagement with the world and offers a fresh consideration of everyday life.

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    $50,000 Tour of Man-Made NYC Waterfalls in Works

    May 9, 2008

    When Olafur Eliasson's NYC Waterfalls start roaring on the East River and New York Harbor this June, cruises like Circle Line will be bringing passengers so close to the spray they’ll need to stock ponchos on board.

    Sure, you could just look at the falls from any number of points on the shore, but tour boat companies are betting that plenty of people will gladly pay for the Man-Made of the Mist experience.

    A press release from Circle Line notes that “in today's travel climate, it is more important than ever to create a memorable experience that provides bragging rights to last a lifetime.” So for rich braggarts with $50,000 to throw around, the company will be offering a luxury “Gold Plate” package tour that includes:
    • Champagne: Dom Perignon and Karl Lagerfeld's vintage 1998 "A Bottle Named Desire."
    • Chocolate: Knipschildt's La Madeline au Truffe, recognized by Forbes Magazine as the most expensive chocolate in the world.
    • Diamonds: Tiffany Jazz™ Drop Earrings.
    • Dinner for Two: Six-course meal from Chef Daniel Boulud's Feast & Fêtes catering.
    • Presidential Suite: A night in one of New York City's most luxurious presidential suites.
    The only thing missing is a diamond-encrusted poncho! And those on a fixed-income needn’t feel shut out – you can also slum it with Circle Line on a $10,000 budget cruise, which features none of the swag but does include a night in the Presidential Suite at Westin New York Times and dinner for two at Le Bernadin. (And yes, Circle Line will still be herding hoi polloi onto double digit tours as well.)

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    From a Master of Weather, 4 Waterfalls for New York

    Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times
    The artist Olafur Eliasson at Pier 17, in front of the Brooklyn Bridge, one site for his new project. More Photos >

    Published: June 2, 2008

    On an unusually cold and rainy spring afternoon, Olafur Eliasson was huddled under a large umbrella in Lower Manhattan gazing down the East River toward Governors Island.

    Slide Show Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson

    Bernstein Photography, Courtesy Public Art Fund
    The artist Olafur Eliasson plans to build a waterfall between Piers 4 and 5. More Photos »

    “You could be in Sweden or Denmark,” he said of the gray, even light. “Fog makes everything more explicit. See how Governors Island fades in the rain?”

    It seemed fitting that Mr. Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist who is world-famous for creating his own weather systems, was enveloped in a misty landscape that could well have been of his own making.

    He had traveled straight from the airport to Pier 35 on the East River after flying in from his home and studio in Berlin. He has been a familiar presence at the site for the last several months, having visited every two weeks to check on the progress of his “New York City Waterfalls.”

    His much-publicized $15 million initiative is to create four waterfalls ranging from 90 to 120 feet in height that will appear from June 26 to Oct. 13 and run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to the waterfall at Pier 35, just north of the Manhattan Bridge, there will be one in Brooklyn at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, another between Piers 4 and 5 near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and a fourth on the north shore of Governors Island.

    Organized by the nonprofit Public Art Fund and the city of New York, it is being billed as the city’s biggest public art project since “The Gates,” the $20 million effort by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude in which 7,500 gates festooned with saffron-colored fabric panels were positioned along Central Park’s pathways for 16 days in 2005.

    It is also Mr. Eliasson’s first public art project in New York. When he proposed the idea to the Public Art Fund, Susan K. Freedman, the organization’s president, decided that such an undertaking could be accomplished only with the city’s heft behind it. “It was too ambitious,” she said. “This has been two intense years of getting permits and making sure it was environmentally safe.”

    Altogether, at least 108 people have been involved, including engineers, scientists, divers, scientists, riggers and environmentalists.

    As has often been the case with arts projects, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s office was eager to be involved. “The mayor is always looking for new ways to showcase New York,” said First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris. She added that several city and state agencies also played a role.

    “There’s never been a manual for how to put waterfalls in the East River,” she explained.

    Ms. Harris said she hoped this multiborough project would attract visitors, just as “The Gates” generated an estimated $254 million in economic activity for the city. Hotels are offering special waterfall packages. Tourist agencies are planning bicycle and boat tours. The Circle Line Downtown will be running special waterfall excursions, too, some of them free, with an audio introduction by Mr. Eliasson.

    City officials and the Public Art Fund say that no city money is being used to pay for the waterfalls, with all of the funds coming from foundations, corporations and private supporters.

    The spot where Mr. Eliasson paused on that recent rainy day, an esplanade frequented by joggers and dog walkers as well as tourists visiting Lower Manhattan, holds a particular fascination for him. “From here you can see all four sites at once,” he said.

    An intense man with a small frame and rumpled brown hair, the artist, 47, in flawless English, tried to explain the mechanics of his project. All that was visible that afternoon were several steel scaffolding constructions on the shoreline by Pier 35, floating black devices to prevent boats and fish from interfering with underwater filters.

    A cage beneath the river’s surface pumps water through a pipe running upward along the scaffolding, shooting it through a trough at the top and then down the other side to frothy effect.

    Mr. Eliasson said he purposely left the scaffolding highly visible.

    “Scaffolding is not an unfamiliar structure in New York,” he said. “You see it on every construction site in the city. I want people to know that this is both a natural phenomenon and a cultural one.”

    He said he designed the scaffolding to match the scale of the surrounding buildings so it would blend into the urban landscape. Once the waterfalls are turned on, their sound will meld with the other sounds of the city.

    Bernstein Photography, Courtesy Public Art Fund
    Another waterfall is planned for the Brooklyn Bridge. More Photos >

    Mr. Eliasson is an old hand at creating ephemeral atmospheres. Perhaps his best known is “The Weather Project,” an installation in 2003 inside the cavernous Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London. That consisted of a giant sun created from hundreds of light bulbs placed at the top of one wall, a mirrored ceiling and a mist machine. Over six months, it attracted more than two million visitors.

    Given that much of New York City is surrounded by water, the idea of creating waterfalls seemed obvious to Mr. Eliasson, who suggests that New Yorkers are not as strongly connected to their waterfronts as urban Europeans are.

    Throughout history, he said, New Yorkers “have always taken water for granted.” He added: “Now people can engage in something as epic as a waterfall, see the wind and feel its gravity. You realize that the East River is not just static.”

    These are not Mr. Eliasson’s first waterfalls. In 2005, for instance, he fashioned a 20-foot-tall waterfall in a small garden on the campus of Dundee University in Scotland. At the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens, he created a reverse waterfall in 1998, devising pumps and a basin that sent the water traveling uphill. That project is on view through June 30 as part of “Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson,” a midcareer retrospective and two-part exhibition at P.S. 1 and the Museum of Modern Art.

    Artists throughout history have found romance in waterfalls, of course. In the United States, Hudson River School painters like Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church and Asher B. Durand all included them in their landscapes.

    “Viewers will be seeing something they know from a picture, but now they will be experiencing them as a physical thing,” Mr. Eliasson said.

    Unlike the much-trumpeted opening of “The Gates,” the artist said, he expects no official celebratory fanfare when the waterfalls are finally up and running.

    “It’s important to be very straightforward and not to overamplify or overmystify things,” Mr. Eliasson said. “The waterfalls will just be turned on in the morning, and that’s it.”

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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    I was at PS1 on Friday and saw some of Eliasson's stuff. Very cool. I'm looking forward to seeing these waterfalls.

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    Lucky you.

    I must say some of the exhibits shown on the slide show look really interesting.

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    First Photo of an NYC Watefall Turned On

    Thursday, June 12, 2008, by Joey

    Artist Olafur Eliasson's four NYC Waterfalls may not officially be making their debut until June 26, but why wait to get a glimpse of the soon-to-be-sensations in action? Take a look at what was going on at Pier 35 near the Manhattan Bridge. Folks: we have water. Writes our new favorite Curbed tipster: "I woke up in the wee hours last night and noticed that Olafur Eliasson was testing the waterfall on Pier 35. This craptacular photo depicts the glory. Or whatever." Sure, the strength of the stream looks like a little weak for this test, but it'll pick up once the tourists start snapping away. What's up now, Niagara?

    Copyright © 2008 Curbed

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    Also, the waterfall beneath the Brooklyn Bridge was tested on Wednesday night.

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    These waterfalls should be made a permanent display. Can't wait to see them illuminated at night.

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    JUNE 20, 2008

    Another test run. I think I like this one the best. In fact, all of the falls
    should have been installed under east river briges, and they should be
    permanent. Can't wait to see it lit at night.

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    Try to catch the Eliasson exhibit at MoMA through June 30 :

    Take your time: Olafur Eliasson

    Other works by Eliasson also on exhibit through 6.30 at PS1 in Long Island City

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    I don't think it looks good at all, atleast what I see on here so far.

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    I'm liking the bridge falls. A few more pics...

    JUNE 20, 2008

    The lady and the water...

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    Only 5 more days until the show begins ...

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    Today is Waterfalls Turn On Day, and there will be a press conference featuring the Mayor and Olafur Eliasson at 10AM followed by the first boat tour of the turned on falls and, oh, about 500,000 flickr photos by this time next week. The falls are on from 7AM-10PM every day through October 13. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-Up Park also opens today. It'll be there through Labor Day from 10AM-10PM at Fulton Ferry Landing. Happy waterfalls watching.

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    hopefully everyone that cares to go, will post plenty of pictures. im kind of excited to see them lit up at night.

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