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Park Avenue Armory to be flooded for art

Park Avenue Armory to be flooded for art
Photography: Courtesy James Ewing

If you're planning on going to the Park Avenue Armory this coming Tuesday, you might want to bring waders. That's because artist and Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon is planning on pumping 122,000 gallons of water across the floor of the Armory's entire 33,000 square foot space.

If describing Gordon as an artist hasn't tipped you off already, yes, it's for an installation—cum performance—which is kicking off the Armory's 2015 season of events. Besides a lot of H2O, Tears become… streams become…, as the site-specific piece is titled, features the renowned French classical pianist Hélène Grimaud, who will perform a program of water-themed music by Debussy, Ravel and Liszt, among others, as the space slowly fills with water—creating a still, mirror-like surface reflecting the Armory's arching ceiling. Seeing double will never seem so sublime! The entire deal runs Dec 9–Jan 4, and days, hours and ticket prices can be found on the Armory's website. Remember to keep dry!

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