New York is no stranger to exciting public art installations and permanent structures. The absolutely gorgeous SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park is just another example of the city’s dedication to enhancing public spaces and community involvement.
Designed by the George Tsypin Opera Factory, the Carousel is a giant (2,575sq ft) nautilus that features 30 rotating fiberglass fish (fabricated by Show Canada) that are internally lit by LED color-changing lights. Instead of the traditional center pole holding the ‘tent’ up with horses and circus animals circling around in one direction, the SeaGlass creatures each rotate on their own motors under the floor. With no center pole and an open air space, riders feel like they are transported under the sea, feeling the gentle bustle and whimsy of the fishes.
SeaGlass Carousel is open to the public 7 days a week, 10am-10pm, and tickets are $5.