Sunday, August 17, 2008

NYC Waterfalls redux

I was somewhat ambivalent when I saw Olafur Eliasson's Waterfalls for the first time, but I have to say I have a stronger affection for them at night. Granted, there's a limited amount of time to experience them illuminated from behind by the LED lights, but that span will grow longer as the days get shorter, moving toward the outdoor exhibition's closing in mid-October. Twilight ends around 8:20 lately, and the waterfalls stay on until 10. We got to enjoy them after seeing the latest theater-in-a-round-tent acrobatic cabaret, Desir, at Spiegelworld, the seasonal entertainment venue that's been making the South Street Seaport safe for locals in recent summers. The waterfalls' ghostly white flicker makes for a wonderful addition to the nighttime East River waterfront.

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