2008 Public Art Installations

The New York City Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson

On June 26, 2008, the New York Harbor became the site of Olafur Eliasson’s monumental public art project, The New York City Waterfalls, commissioned and presented by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the City of New York. Brooklyn Bridge Park hosted two of the four man-made waterfalls that were erected along the New York waterfront: at the anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge and between Piers 4 and 5. The Waterfalls ranged in height from 90 to 120 feet, and featured cascading water and lighting installations. The Waterfalls juxtaposed the City’s natural environment and its industrial and commercial landscape. Over 1.4 million people visited this large scale public art project, which was on display from June 26, 2008 to October 13, 2008.

©Bernstein Associates

The Telectroscope by Paul St. George

In 2008, the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership teamed up with Artichoke, a British company dedicated to bringing extraordinary events and public art to public spaces. For this project, Artichoke collaborated with the artist Paul St. George to invent a pair of telectroscopes, a device using a tunnel through the earth to allow people in Brooklyn to simultaneously interact with others in London. This invention used broadband connection to join the two cities and captured the imagination of over 50,000 visitors.

Paul St. George’s journey to creating the Telectroscope began when he discovered his great grandfather’s journals, drawings and scribbled calculations describing a strange machine that would act as a “visual amplifier”, allowing people on different sides of the earth to see, communicate and interact with one other. Paul St. George became dedicated to completing his ancestor’s invention and sharing it with the world.

The Telectroscope premiered simultaneously in Brooklyn and London in May and June 2008.

©Artichoke

Relative Environment, presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

Relative Environment, presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), was a collection of sculptures pertaining to the environment. The sculpture show featured site-specific work that blended into the park setting, sculptures made from natural materials in an unnatural environment and work that commented on the human perspective of environment. Featured artists included: Lucy Hodgson, Bernard Klevickas, Lisa Paris, Beth Bailis, Henry Royer and Matt Johnson.

Relative Environment was on display in the Empire Fulton Ferry and Main Street sections of the park from July 20 to September 7.

©Brandon Rosenblum