Yesterday, it was announced that the SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery, an aquatic-themed carousel, would finally open officially on August 20th. You may remember it was supposed to open in 2013 but has been experiencing long delays and has now been in the works for six years. Designed by WXY architecture, the carousel takes the form of a giant nautilus shell that will house 30 large luminescent fish figures (sponsored at $100,000 a piece). Recently, we got a glimpse of those said fish along with the latest on the exterior construction.
The fish, designed by the George Tsypin Opera Factory which also created figures for the Opening Ceremony at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi are as large as 9.5 feet by 13.5 feet tall. The visitors will sit within these fish for the ride. In addition, the SeaGlass Carousel will be surrounded by a Tiffany & Co.-sponsored Woodland Gardens, all of which are part of a master plan for The Battery.
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Michelle is the founder of Untapped New York. She is the author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway. She is a graduate of Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture.