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VIDEO: Massive Whirlpool Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Alexandra Leon | February 21, 2017 10:58am
"Decension," a 26-foot-wide pool of continuously spiraling water by artist Anish Kapoor, will go on display at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 on May 3.
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DUMBO — A 26-foot-wide pool of endlessly swirling water will soon be on display at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1. 

The installation, "Descension" by Anish Kapoor — the artist behind Chicago's iconic Cloud Gate sculpture — will be on display from May 3 through Sept. 10, according to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The new sculpture will feature a spiraling funnel of water treated with an all-natural black dye that will create the illusion of an endless void, reps for the park said.

The whirlpool will be bordered by a railing, allowing visitors to lean over and look in.

The piece first appeared as a smaller, interior pool for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India and later as a large-scale outdoor piece for Kapoor's solo exhibit at Versailles in France. The Brooklyn Bridge Park installation will mark the pool's first appearance in North America. 

The installation is one of several public art pieces going on display this year for the Public Art Fund's 40th anniversary season, which includes a series of planetary sculptures by artist Katja Novitskova at City Hall Park. 

“As we celebrate 40 years of bringing remarkable public art to New York City, it’s important to recognize those artists and exhibitions that have shaped the discourse and been so memorable to our broad public audience," Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume said in a statement.

"We’re thrilled that Anish’s newest work will be a highlight of this anniversary season, more than a decade after his outdoor debut with us."