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New York gets four man-made waterfalls

A 120-foot waterfall stands before the Brooklyn Promenade as the Broooklyn-Queens Expressway is seen behind it part which is part of the New York City Waterfalls installation, a series of man-made waterfalls situated along the East River on June 26, 2008 in New York. The four gigantic waterfalls made of steel frames is the work of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and will be displayed until October 13. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
A 120-foot waterfall stands before the Brooklyn Promenade as the Broooklyn-Queens Expressway is seen behind it part which is part of the "New York City Waterfalls" installation, a series of man-made waterfalls situated along the East River on June 26, 2008 in New York. The four gigantic waterfalls made of steel frames is the work of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and will be displayed until October 13. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff) | License Photo

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand Thursday for the opening of an enormous public art project featuring four man-made waterfalls.

Created by Copenhagen artist Olafur Eliasson, "The New York City Waterfalls" will be on display through Oct. 13.

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The exhibition of four man-made waterfalls are on view on the shores of the New York waterfront -- one on the Brooklyn anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge; one on the Brooklyn Piers, between Piers 4 and 5 near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade; one in Lower Manhattan at Pier 35 north of the Manhattan Bridge and one on the north shore of Governors Island, city officials said in a release.

"The 'Waterfalls' are an unbelievable sight: four cascades ranging in height from 90 to 120 feet rising out of New York Harbor," Bloomberg said. "And what a beautiful symbol of the energy and vitality that we are bringing back to our waterfront in all five boroughs. Congratulations to Olafur Eliasson, the Public Art Fund and the many city, state and federal agencies, and partners who played a role in bringing us to this momentous occasion."

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