Last month saw the launch of the Sea Glass Carousel at The Battery Conservancy in New York
Designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design, the spiral shaped structure is a permanent addition to Battery Park in Manhattan, featuring a nautilus shell and 30 grand, luminescent fish. This 21st century carousel seeks to recall The Battery’s history as the home of the first New York Aquarium that opened in 1896.
The circular form reaches 35 metres in height and is made up of 24 structures of steel framing, stainless steel roofing and monolithic glass. The sustainable design allows air circulation and heat transfer via natural ventilation. Unlike most carousels, there in no centre post, allowing a completely unobstructed view of the entire space. All the mechanisms that drive the ride are located underneath the floor as the turntable rotates 360 degrees. 18 hydraulic up-and-down motions simulate the experience of fish swimming in the sea.
The fish figures themselves were created by George Tsypin Opera Factory and are made from fibreglass and steel. Visitors sit within the figures, rather than atop them, with a range of fibreoptic lighting glowing from within each one. Running through the day and into the evening, the ride and its subsequent light and sound show is a whimsical new addition to the park.