Sea Glass Carousel
LiRo is providing construction management services for a new state-of-the-art aquatic themed carousel located in Battery Park. The innovative $12 million ride is funded by The Battery Park Conservancy with help from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. The project site was home to the original New York Aquarium from 1896 until 1941.
Integrating a nautical theme inspired by the former aquarium, the Sea Glass carousel consists of a 46 ft wide spiraled turntable, housed in a steel and glass enclosure. The attraction has been designed to simulate a trip to the ocean floor, and riders will sit within one of 30 iridescent Fiberglas fish that will move in several directions on four rotating tracks. Fiber optic and LED lights will glow from within each fish, transforming the space into an array of colors during the ride. An oceanic soundtrack will play simultaneously, providing a full theatrical experience.
The design of the carousel enclosure was inspired by the chambered nautilus, a sea animal which lives within a spiral shell. The multi layered steel structure, mimicking the shape of the nautilus, has glass inserts which will change in color from clear to cobalt blue as the imaginary sea descent occurs. WXY Architecture designed the structure in a collaborative effort with set designer George Tsypin.