About This Episode
Artist Olafur Eliasson's The New York City Waterfalls, a project commissioned by Public Art Fund, consists of four monumental, man-made waterfalls installed at four sites along the shores of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Governors Island beginning June 26, will join a long line of successful, provocative, and engaging public art projects in New York City. From Christo and Jean-Claude's The Gates in Central Park to Tribute in Light at the World Trade Center site, public art has provoked a variety of intense reactions from New Yorkers and brought millions of visitors to the city. Thirteen/WNET takes viewers behind the scenes of The New York City Waterfalls, visit current public art installations around New York, and look back at past public art in the city in THE WATERFALLS MAKING PUBLIC ART. Premiering Wednesday, July 2 at 9 p.m. on Thirteen (check local listings), the hour-long documentary narrated by actor Tom Wopat includes interviews with artists and members of the public, as well as archival footage, to showcase the pioneering works that have provoked the public, highlighted the city, and engaged the world. The program will examine the works of the non-profit organizations Public Art Fund as well as Creative Time, the two major public arts institutions in the city. Current and past works featured will include Chris Burden's sculpture What My Dad Gave Me at Rockefeller Center, musician and artist David Byrne's Playing the Building at The Battery Maritime Building, and Jeff Koons' Puppy, also at Rockefeller Center.