New York will get four giant waterfalls during the summer as a city art project and tourism draw. NYC tourism got a huge boost when Christo put his panels in Central Park. Seeing a great opportunity, the city commissioned Danish artist Olafur Eliasson to create the waterfalls. The waterfalls will fall into the East River and the harbor.
The installation is set to cost roughly $15 million, and will be built by funding from private donors. According to Eliasson, "It's about seeing water in a different way."
Implications - Large scale projects like this can have a dramatic impact on the tourism that gets drawn to a city, and it's impressive to see a place like New York taking eco tourism so seriously. Cities around the world should definitely take note of this ambitiously green project.
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