Saturday, April 4, 2009

Arboricide committed by Waterfalls

From Gothamist:

Last year, when people started complaining that spray from Olafur Eliasson’s waterfalls was prematurely turning trees brown, officials assured everyone the salty, East River mist wouldn't cause any "long-term danger." (Though the Public Art Fund did pay to have the salt regularly cleaned off, and the waterfalls operating hours were reduced.) Well, now it looks like some of the damage may indeed have been permanent. Scott Stamford, general manager at the River Cafe, recently showed the Brooklyn Paper some sickly-looking trees on the property, which is right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Though other trees nearby are already budding, three weeping birches are showing "no sign of life at all."


Anonymous said...

This was a stupid exhibit - one which caused drivers on the BQE to slow down to stare at this incredibly ugly dumb (art?) structure. Bloomberg was a big proponent - he should personally pay to replace damaged trees. Water from the East River poisonious at the very least - what was the City thinking to allow this?

Anonymous said...

Time to hang "hizzoner"
from one of those dead trees
alongside the "artist"...ha, ha, ha!

Queens Crapper said...

Here's the thing: Were people really traveling from around the world to see these things? And if they were, how disappointed were they when they saw them?

Anonymous said...

Trees are getting massacred already any way since this out-of-control building boom started. At least this was an effort to bring a little beauty to people, however misguided.

I hope that the trees are replaced promptly.

-Joe said...

The actual propery damage is going to be in the tens of millions.

Every car and iron gate is going to rust from the inside out BADLY.
Thats how corrosive saline vapor works, it bypasses undercoating creeps in and "sticks" when the temprature drops at night.
The damage just ist being noticed (come through the paint) yet.
If people would put some of those cars up on a lift.
Ask any auto body person.

Anonymous said...

Those pumps ran 24/7,how much power did that waste?

Anonymous said...

Typical Bloomberg administration thinking: emphasize the short term, expensive travesty of an "art" exhibit without considering the long-term harm to those of us who live here.