Grassroots support for the East Village participant in the New York City Waterfalls project has overwhelmed the East Village Podcasts offices. Danish, Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, and his staff have thrown the full might of their $20 million budget behind the new initiative.
It appears that only the blessings of Mayor Mike Bloomberg and a few Community Board members that no one knows are needed.
Olafur Eliasson said, “I’m a Danish, Icelandic artist and excited to bring my waterfalls to the East Village.”
Here are the final entries of the East Village NYC Waterfalls as rendered by Mr. Eliasson’s crew and in coordination with the EVP team.
Houston and First Avenue
A unique waterfall offering scenic, street-side opportunities as well as kayaking and other sports more closely associated with mountainous regions, the Houston and First Avenue waterfall is an East Village Podcasts blog favorite. Mr. Eliasson notes, “It reminds me of Iceland – or Daneland. I like it.”
Sophie’s on 5th Street
East Village insiders say that the waterfall proposed for installation across from Sophie’s bar may be “the one.” The only waterfall proposed for a side street, “Sophie’s Bar’s Waterfall,” as it is known, enhances the peace and serenity of the Sutton Place of the East Village. Mr. Eliasson adds with a glint in his eye, “No NYC trip of mine goes without shots of Jager at Sophie’s. Skool, Bra!”
Next to Cooper Square Hotel
Community activists partnered with Mr. Eliasson and his design team to create this original rendering of the proposed waterfall next to the Cooper Square Hotel. Noticeably colored, the water will be pumped from a special reservoir of mouthwash. “I have always been a Listerine man, myself. But, the community representatives insisted on Scope,” says Mr. Eliasson.
Finally, Ukrainian diner and hangover cure-all, Veselka, at the corner of Second Avenue and Ninth Street, is given a new look with a rooftop waterfall powerful enough to support city boat traffic such as the FDNY schooner pictured below. Mr. Eliasson refutes any notion that Veselka’s business may be negatively impacted by the waterfall: “If patrons can’t use the Second Avenue door, they can always try the door on 9th Street. In Iceland or Daneland, we deal with stuff like this all the time.”
June 8th, 2008
Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City