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Thursday, August 20, 2015

SeaGlass Carousel Opens Today

Here are some of my photos (and a video at bottom) of the SeaGlass Carousel by WXY Studio at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.

The form of the small stainless steel and glass structure is inspired by nautilus shells.
SeaGlass

Landscape design was carried out by Starr Whitehouse with Piet Oudolf.
SeaGlass

The spiraling exterior rises toward the entry where the most glass is found.
SeaGlass

George Tsypin Opera Factory was responsible for the production design of the aquatic-themed carousel.
SeaGlass

Instead of riding horses, as is the norm with carousels, people sit inside one of 30 luminescent fish.
SeaGlass

The experience is meant to be like a "mini opera" that makes people feel like they are underwater.
SeaGlass

The total effect can't be captured here, since videos projected on the underside of spiraling ceiling will enhance the sense of immersion after sunset.
SeaGlass

During yesterday's press preview, everybody riding the fish seemed to be having a great time.
SeaGlass

Lastly, here's my amateur-hour video of the carousel's first run during yesterday's press preview:
SeaGlass

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