ROOSEVELT ISLAND — Fifty-two wave-shaped sculptures designed by artists and entertainers like Keith Richards, Slash and Cara Delevingne are rolling into the city to raise awareness and funding for ocean conservation.
Between May 20 and June 21, the personalized, tire-like waves — a project called "Wave Walk" — will be found at 52 sites across the five boroughs, including two on Roosevelt Island, two in The Bronx, one in Long Island City, and several across Brooklyn and Manhattan.
An interactive map details where to find each wave sculpture:
Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash designed a wave with an orange octopus wearing a top hat, much like his signature headwear, which will take up residence near Yankee Stadium.
Cara Delevingne's wave at United Nations Plaza, titled "Mother Ocean," is full of sea creatures.
"The ocean is like the mother of our planet," she wrote as its description. "It gives us life — the air we breathe and the water we drink — and is full of creatures who move around in its mysterious, vast blue waters. Love your mother!"
Keith Richards's "Human Tide" wave in SoHo is black and the head of the wave is a skull.
Roosevelt Island will have two. At the southern point of the island inside the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a wave by artist Milla Eastwood, dubbed "Thalassophile — 'A lover of the ocean.' is painted with blocks and squiggles of blue.
Further north, Jason deCaires Taylor's "Silent Evolution" evokes what is under the wave — fractured light and life found in the smallest of creatures.
The Wave Walk is happening along side the UN's World Oceans Day on June 8, and each wave can be bought online from May 20 to June 23, with a live auction at Sotheby's on June 21.
“Besides its incredible beauty, the ocean gives us food, air to breathe, and supports all life on Earth," said Project 0 member and actor James Jagger in a statement. "Project 0 is raising awareness and funds and working with ocean conservation organizations around the world to finish the job while there is still time left. Roosevelt Island’s participation in the Wave Walk Project will aid in spreading awareness while building its reputation as an art mecca and the city’s best kept secret."