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Cool off and chill out with water walled rooms and more at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Howard Halle

Believe it not warm weather is coming (well, eventually. Soon. Maybe. Who knows?) which means sunny days in the park, green grass, and, at Brooklyn Bridge Park anyway, interactive public art. Starting May 17, Danish artist Jeppe Hein will have  a trio of works installed along the East-River hugging greenway. They're sure to be a hit.

Among the works is a fountain arranged in a quadrant to create four outdoor "rooms" divided by walls of jetting water: Picture running through a giant sprinkler to move from one to the next. There's also a group of benches, each arcing several several feet into the air in places like a roller coaster. Finally, Hein is planting a series of upright stainless-steel planks of differing heights, spaced at regular intervals to form an undulating labyrinth of mirrors that reflect and refract you and the view. (Perfect for if you're stoned or tripping your balls off!)

Hein has proven to be an adept illusionist, creating acts of visual legerdemain that bring out the kid in everyone. His latest efforts are unlikely to disappoint.  

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