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Wildly popular SeaGlass carousel at The Battery attracts over 100,000 riders since its opening
Members of the media and their families ride on the SeaGlass Carousel in New York on October 21, 2015. This new one-of-a-kind, permanent cultural attraction featuring a grand nautilus shell with 30 luminescent fish is presented the Battery Conservancy at the Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. SeaGlass was conceived by the award-winning WXY Architecture + Urban Design as a carousel recalling The Battery's history as the original home of the New York Aquarium. The fish figures - as large as 9 ½ feet wide and 13 ½ feet tall - were designed by the internationally acclaimed George Tsypin Opera Factory. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY.


NEW YORK, NY.- The Battery Conservancy announces that SeaGlass Carousel, New York City's newest one-of-a-kind, permanent cultural attraction that features 30 grand luminescent fish in a monumental nautilus shell, has attracted over 100,000 riders since its opening in August at The Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. Due to popular demand, the Conservancy has extended operating hours for SeaGlass Carousel. From Monday, December 21, through Saturday, January 2, SeaGlass will be open 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. In January and February, SeaGlass will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., weather permitting. SeaGlass will also be open on Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), and Presidents' Week, February 15-19.

"We are thrilled to have shared the magic of SeaGlass with over 100,000 riders," said Warrie Price, president and founder of The Battery Conservancy. "SeaGlass Carousel offers a completely unique theatrical experience that delights and inspires visitors of all ages - from children on playdates to adults out for date night. Its tremendous success marks a major step forward in plans to revitalize The Battery, as it recaptures its place as a major cultural destination in the city."

After more than 10 years in development, SeaGlass opened to the public on August 20, bringing art, architecture and music to visitors of all ages. SeaGlass was conceived by the award-winning WXY Architecture + Urban Design as a carousel recalling The Battery's history as the original home of the New York Aquarium. WXY then designed a spiraling pavilion of glass and steel inspired by the chambered nautilus. The magnificent fish figures - as large as 9 ½ feet wide and 13 ½ feet tall - were designed by the internationally acclaimed George Tsypin Opera Factory. Unique among carousels worldwide, SeaGlass mechanicals lie under the floor - allowing full visibility across and around the shell, with no center post - and visitors sit within the figures rather than atop them. Instead of "riding" the fish as one would on a typical carousel, visitors "become" fish while gliding through the sights and sounds of a 360° aquatic adventure. Tiffany & Co. Foundation Woodland Gardens encircle the carousel.






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