A new carousel featuring 30 large, multicoloured fish has opened in The Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. The SeaGlass Carousel is shaped like a nautilus shell, and features 30 large, luminescent fish within which visitors sit.
“For centuries, the Battery has provided all New Yorkers open access to our history, ocean views and the first location of New York City’s aquarium. By bringing a little bit of the underwater world onto dry land, SeaGlass creates a striking, interactive reflection of the Battery’s special role as a place for New Yorkers and visitors to relax, play and learn,” said New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver.
These massive fiberglass fish were designed by the George Tsypin Opera Factory, which created the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi and designed the Broadway productions of The Little Mermaid and Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Visitors sit within the fish and “become” fish while gliding through the attraction’s sights and sounds. Music accompanies the ride which is a mixture of original compositions and melodies, recalling the Battery’s history as the original home of the New York Aquarium. Finally, there’s the light show, with the fish changing colors before your eyes. The experience is immersive, much like snorkeling and it is worth picking a smaller fish to ride in, as these have the greatest up-and-down motion.
Once you have enjoyed your underwater world experience you can buy a tiny model or a beautiful silver angelfish pendant by Michelle Benjamin Jewelry (pictured below), with a remarkably pleasing shape and a porthole in the middle, just like the ones on the carousel. There are exclusively available in the park, or you can pick up another one of her stunning sterling silver animal creations online.
Tickets to theThe SeaGlass Carousel cost $5.
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