‘Immersive Van Gogh’ Is Coming to New York City With Its Largest Exhibit Yet

'Immersive Van Gogh' Is Coming to New York City With Its Largest Exhibit Yet

The producers of the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit in NYC have enlisted Broadway talent to make the experience come to life.

In recent months, a new kind of Van Gogh exhibit has been taking over cities across the U.S., offering an experience that combines the artist’s most classic works with modern technology that brings visitors into the painting.

They say everything is bigger in Texas, but on June 10, the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit will make its New York City debut in its largest venue to date, and producers have enlisted A-list Broadway talent to help them bring the experience to life.

Pier 36, a 70,000-square-foot venue in lower Manhattan, will host “Immersive Van Gogh” through Sept. 6, 2021. And with such a large space to work with – three times bigger than Toronto, the previous record holder – producers of the exhibit have turned to Tony- and Emmy Award-winning set designer David Korins for his creative expertise.

“They wanted something bigger, fancier, deeper,” Korins told the Associated Press. “I wanted to really try and find a way to help people in 2021 see him more as a human.”

Korins, who also designed the sets for Broadway hits “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” is a lifelong fan of Van Gogh. According to the AP, some of his unique additions to the space include a ceiling installation that uses almost 8,000 paint brushes to reproduce “The Starry Night” and a station that utilizes artificial intelligence to give visitors an individualized letter from Van Gogh. Guests can even co-create their own masterpiece “alongside” Van Gogh through their phones.

Though the producers of “Immersive Van Gogh” aim to infuse the essence of each city where the exhibit appears into the overall experience, the show’s core remains the same: A 38-minute digital film displaying Vincent Van Gogh’s most iconic and lesser-known works is projected onto massive screens that cover the walls of the space. The paintings and sketches are shown in a dynamic way and are set to the sound of violins, pianos, and other classic instruments.

Tickets for New York’s “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit are on sale now, with prices ranging from $29.99 for kids to $99.99 for VIP tickets. Basic timed tickets are $49.99, and several dates have already sold out or have limited availability.

For more information and to book, visit the “Immersive Van Gogh” website.

Jessica Poitevien is a Travel + Leisure contributor currently based in South Florida, but she’s always on the lookout for her next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves baking, talking to strangers, and taking long walks on the beach. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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New York City Is Getting a New Floating Pool in the East River

New York City Is Getting a New Floating Pool in the East River

The new +Pool will float in the East River just north of the Manhattan Bridge.

New York is already the city that never sleeps, but it gets injected with a new level of liveliness in the summer months. Unfortunately, the season also comes with an often unbearable heat that sends city dwellers on the hunt for a public pool to cool off in.

Luckily, New Yorkers are one step closer to getting a new and certainly unique swimming hole: a floating pool on the East River.

Known as the +Pool for its shape, which resembles a plus sign, this project has been in the works for a decade. And the organization behind it all has finally secured an official spot to build the floating pool: the Lower East Side waterfront just north of the Manhattan Bridge.

Aerial view of the floating pool in NYC’s East River

But the +Pool won’t just float on the East River; it’s going to use the water from the river to fill its space. Plus, one of the many engineering feats that make this endeavor impressive is the water filtration system. According to Time Out New York, the pool will provide guests with over 600,000 gallons of clean filtered water daily.

It’s still unclear when the $25 million project will be complete, but organizers — and many New Yorkers — are pleased with the progress and eagerly awaiting the opening.

Kara Meyer, +Pool’s managing director, told Curbed, “We have an official confirmation to succeed with the next steps for the project…We have a home. Mayoral candidates are talking about it.”

Meyer says the next obstacle in building and opening +Pool will be meeting all regulations for health and safety, as well as city government requirements.

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