More than 10 years and 16 million dollars in the making, the SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery is a brand-new attraction that brings art, design, music and just plain fun to the southern tip of Manhattan.
The design — a 2,575 square foot monumental nautilus shell, where a spiraling pavilion of glass and steel is home to 30 stunning luminescent fish figures of 12 different species – standing as high as 13 and a half feet tall.
A 21st century re-invention of the traditional carousel, with striking sculptural pieces, operatic music, lighting that transforms the surroundings to simulate an underwater aquatic experience, and fish that glow as luminescent organisms, changing colors during the ride.
The SeaGlass Carousel minus the typical center post seen in most others, essentially moves with the rhythm of the music, combining organic yet seemingly chaotic choreography. Each fish figure goes up and down, turns on its axis and moves as a synchronized group — reshuffling with others, like a whirling school of fish changing directions at every turn.
But the most unique aspect of this carousel is that it immerses visitors into the experience by allowing them to sit within the fish figure capsules rather than atop them, and glide along on this 360-degree aquatic musical adventure. Watch the mesmerizing spectacle below.
Developed by The Battery Conservancy to pay tribute to The Battery’s history as the original home of the New York Aquarium — the carousel was conceived by award-winning WXY Architecture + Urban Design who have incorporated sustainable designs and practices into their creation, and innovatively built the structure to offer air-flow in summer and shelter in winter.
The spiral pavilion itself promises to be one of NYC’s landmark sites and the ride is a definite a must-see. From a cooing eleven-month old on his mother’s lap seemingly delighted by the ride, to young Piper who claimed this was the best carousel in the world — it was obvious this ride is a hit with the kids. Yet the marveling smiles on the faces of the adults truly said it all.
The SeaGlass Carousel opens to the public, August 20, 2015 at 1 pm. Rides cost $5 each, and will be open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm.