WXY’s Architects Create Fun Carousel, Ring Stock Exchange Bell
Architects from WXY Architecture + Urban Design helped ring the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Sep. 23, with the firm’s client, The Battery Conservancy. WXY designed the nearby SeaGlass Carousel at the Battery, a new attraction that has had a record 60,000 visits in 30 days. Warrie Price, president and founder of The Battery Conservancy, led the ringing of the bell. Accompanying her from WXY are architects Claire Weisz, FAIA; Mark Yoes, FAIA; and Layng Pew, AIA.
The press release from The Battery Conservancy is below. A replay of the NYSE livestream may be viewed at http://livestream.com/NYSE/batteryconservancy
SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery Attracts Nearly 60,000 Visitors in First Month of Opening
The Battery Conservancy announces that SeaGlass Carousel, New York City’s newest one-of-a-kind, permanent cultural attraction that features 30 grand luminescent fish in a monumental nautilus shell, has attracted nearly 60,000 visitors in the first month of its opening at The Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. To celebrate this monumental occasion, The Battery Conservancy will have the honor of ringing the iconic closing bell at the end of trading on the New York Stock Exchange today, September 23.
Warrie Price, president and founder of The Battery Conservancy, will lead the ringing of the bell and will be accompanied by friends of SeaGlass and the Conservancy, including Frank Bisignano, Fran Laserson, Catherine McVay Hughes, George Tsypin, Claire Weisz, Mark Yoes, Layng Pew, Bill Frederick, Kyle Chepulis, Rose DiTomaso, Jessica Aponte, Lawrence Mauro, Desmond Spillane, Peter Venechanos and Chris Hricik.
“Nearly 60,000 people of all ages and backgrounds have shared in the magic of SeaGlass,” said Warrie Price, president and founder of The Battery Conservancy. “We are thrilled by the amazing success of SeaGlass and its contribution to the cultural revitalization of Downtown New York. There is no place better to celebrate this milestone than at the iconic New York Stock Exchange, which has made its home Downtown for 112 years.”
After more than 10 years in development, SeaGlass opened to the public on August 20, bringing art, architecture and music to visitors of all ages. SeaGlass was conceived by the award-winning WXY Architecture + Urban Design as a carousel recalling The Battery’s history as the original home of the New York Aquarium. WXY then designed a spiraling pavilion of glass and steel inspired by the chambered nautilus. The magnificent fish figures – as large as 9 ½ feet wide and 13 ½ feet tall – were designed by the internationally acclaimed George Tsypin Opera Factory. This mystical underwater experience features thematic music presented by SiriusXM. Tiffany & Co. Foundation Woodland Gardens encircle the carousel.
SeaGlass Carousel is open daily to the public from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Admission to SeaGlass Carousel is $5 per ride. Access to The Battery is free and open to the public.
The New York Stock Exchange will stream the closing bell ringing on its website: https://www.nyse.com/bell. The bell-ringing is scheduled for 3:56 – 4:00 p.m. ET. A video of the bell-ringing will also be archived on that same page after the livestream.
About The Battery Conservancy
The Battery Conservancy was created in 1994 as a not–for–profit educational corporation to rebuild and revitalize The Battery and its major landmark, Castle Clinton National Monument. The Conservancy spearheads this dramatic transformation in partnership with City, State and Federal governments and with individuals, corporations and foundations in the private sector. Visited by 6 million people each year, The Battery remains one of the oldest public open spaces in continuous use in New York City. The Conservancy honors and preserves its heritage by rebuilding the park with sustainable design and ecological practices while respecting and interpreting its rich history. The landscape design protects the natural environment while meeting the needs of a growing residential population, crowds of bustling commuters, and the millions of visitors who come to see the Statue of Liberty and experience New York Harbor. For more information, visit http://www.thebattery.org.