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Shimmer wall – The aesthetic of turbulence
Each virtual tile donation is a real act of support. Together, we are building a spectacular installation of public art that will transform the New York Aquarium and Coney Island skyline. The real shimmer wall will contain more than 30,000 individual metal panels, wrapping the exterior of the new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! building. Each panel will move freely as part of an ever-changing surface that is fluid and glittering. The shimmer wall will reflect its natural coastal surroundings of wind, water, and light. Its thousands of moving panels will evoke the waves of the ocean’s surface—and even schools of fish. This installation, spanning 1,100 feet, will become a beacon to the millions of annual visitors to the Coney Island boardwalk, and will showcase the action and energy of the new New York Aquarium.
The shimmer wall was imagined by the WCS design team, in collaboration with the noted environmental artist and sculptor, Ned Kahn. Kahn’s innovative body of work reflects his aesthetic of turbulence. His work seeks to capture an invisible aspect of nature and make it visible. This will be the first major installation of Kahn’s work in New York. He has completed over 50 public art installations around the world, and is the recipient of numerous design awards, as well as a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
WELCOME TO THE VIRTUAL SHIMMER WALL!
Each tile recognizes a vital contribution from one of our generous donors
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Help us build the new New York Aquarium
Contribute and help transform the New York Aquarium. Donations will be recognized with a personalized tile. The tile is virtual, but the support for the Aquarium is real!
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WHAT IS THIS WEBSITE FOR?
This website was created to generate support for the Campaign for the New York Aquarium.
HOW EXACTLY WILL THE MONEY BE USED?
Proceeds from the Campaign will fund the new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! building at the New York Aquarium, as well as an expansion of the Aquarium’s collection of aquatic wildlife, upgrades to animal care, and needed improvements to infrastructure.
CAN I DONATE A REAL SHIMMER WALL TILE?
Only digital tiles are offered as part of the Campaign for the New York Aquarium. Your recognition may be only virtual, but the support you can provide is real!
WHO DESIGNED OCEAN WONDERS: SHARKS!?
The building and the exhibit have been designed in a collaborative effort between the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Design Department, The Portico Group and their consultant team including Doyle Partners, and the artist of the shimmer wall, Ned Kahn. The Architect of Record is the New York based firm, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood.
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IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes! All donations are in support of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Making a donation
CAN I DONATE MULTIPLE TIMES?
Yes! You can make as many donations as you wish by clicking the “donate another tile” button once your transaction is complete.
I DONATED, BUT I DIDN’T GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL. WHAT HAPPENED?
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO MODIFY THE CONTENT OF MY TILE AFTER SUBMISSION?
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WHERE CAN I FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROJECT?
Further information about the Campaign for the New York Aquarium can be found at www.nyaquarium.com/transform.
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