Conceived by New York–based firm WXY Architecture + Urban Design, the SeaGlass Carousel is a new permanent installation in The Battery at the tip of Manhattan. The carousel’s design recalls The Battery’s history as the original home of the New York Aquarium.
Encircled by the new Tiffany & Co. Foundation Woodland Gardens, SeaGlass features a spiraling, 2,575-square foot, glass-and-steel pavilion that resembles a chambered nautilus shell and contains 30 luminescent fish figures—measuring as large as 9 ½ feet wide and 13 ½ feet tall—designed by the George Tsypin Opera Factory. The fiberglass figures are illuminated with color-changing LEDs and outfitted with audio systems. Light projectors hang from a custom-designed helical light ring and further enhance the underwater effect.
The carousel is unique in that it is designed without a center post; the motors lie under the floor. Visitors sit within the fish figures rather than riding atop them, as on traditional carousels.
The SeaGlass design team includes BuroHappold Engineering and ride engineer McLaren Engineering Group.
The carousel is open daily to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is $5 per ride. For more information, visit seaglasscarousel.nyc.