“Float in the air”, the new immersive attraction in a skyscraper in New York

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New York (AFP)

The lucky few who were able to immerse themselves this week in the latest New York attraction had the impression of “floating in the air”, evolving on mirrors and glass plates 300 m above the void, in the fourth tallest skyscraper in the megalopolis.

“Air,” a so-called immersive art installation by artist Kenzo Digital, opens to the public Thursday, in the new One Vanderbilt tower in the heart of Manhattan. An elevator takes the intrepid up in 42 seconds, for a breathtaking view of the New York Island framed by the East River and the Hudson.

There, visitors stroll over three floors in a kind of giant all-glass observatory, “Summit One Vanderbilt”, offering an extraordinary spectacle while losing all your bearings.

With the feeling of “floating in the air”.

For Nick Barat, one of the rare visitors handpicked before the opening of October 21, the experience allows “to think the relationship that everyone forges with the city”.

Located at the corner of the famous 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, the eponymous tower was designed by the firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, built between 2016 and 2019 and opened in September 2020. It measures 397 m – 427 m with its spire – which propels it to 4th place in New York, behind One World Trade Center tower, on the site destroyed by the 9/11 attacks, the residential towers of the Central Park Tower and skyscraper 111 on 57th street.

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