Last chance to see manmade waterfalls

October 13, 2008 8:13:14 AM PDT
The four manmade waterfalls of New York's East River are about to dry up - much to the relief of critics who say salty water from the art installation has destroyed waterfront foliage. The waterfalls are scheduled to be shut down Monday after a 15-week run that began in late June.

Hours of the exhibit were cut in half in September after residents complained that the mist from the waterfalls was destroying shrubs, trees and plants on the Brooklyn Promenade. Salt water can interfere with the plant-sustaining process of photosynthesis.

The 90 to 120-foot exhibits are made of scaffolding and churn 35,000 gallons of water each minute. They were created by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.

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