Mystical Water Tank Show in Times Square Is About Climate Change

Holoscenes, a water tank installation featuring artists performing ordinary activities while the water literally rises and falls around them, represents connecting everyday actions to climate change. The underwater art exhibition is created by Lars Jan and Early Morning Opera, and is presented by the World Science Festival. It is held until June 3 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. by the Red Stairs Times Square plaza.

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An artist in business attire is casually reading Thursday's paper (which befittingly highlights President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord) while the tank filled and drained attracted attention on Thursday evening.
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The second performance was more subdued, with a man tangling and untangling himself with a garden hose.
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The crowd was silent and mesmerized, a rarity in the city, as it grew to about 100 people Thursday evening.
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The 12-ton tank filled up with water a few times during each scene, representing changing sea levels.
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Many patiently watched the performance unfold as the city buzzed around them.
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Many people expressed confusion until tabloid-sized pamphlets that explained the meaning behind the exhibition were handed out.
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That cellphone must be waterproof, as the artist remains glued to it and not the water around her.
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Lars Jan, the creator and artistic director of Early Morning Opera, said he expected the audience to ask questions and ponder.
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Greg Kessler
Seven scenes are featured each day, including this one of a duet.
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"Holoscenes" is part of Science in the Square, a World Science Festival event, and it is being held until June 3 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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