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Noguchi’s Waterfall

The devil’s number may be 666, but in the lobby of the Fifth Avenue building bearing this address is a little slice of meditative heaven. Simply called “Ceiling and Waterfall” by Isamu Noguchi, the installation stretches along the corridor, creating a sound, light and water experience akin to the soothing sounds of a relaxation tape.

The undulating metal waves mesh echo the sounds of the trickling water, which block out the annoying city sounds of traffic and honking outside, making a sound oasis in the middle of New York.  Noguchi’s wavy architecture continues above the elevator bays on either side. This piece is one of Noguchi’s later works, which embraced mixed sound and meditative properties with installation.

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666 Fifth is an office building, but its easy to pop through (enter on 52nd or 53rd Street) and take a quick look before security notices you. I usually just fake a phone call while I get a Noguchi eye-full.

An extra tidbit about the building- Stouffer’s, yes THAT Stouffer’s of the frozen chicken pot pie fame, used to have a fancy restaurant on the top floor of the building, closed in 1996. “Top of the Six’s Restaurant” had stellar Midtown views, oak-clad walls, and was extremely popular, serving millions from its opening in 1958.

Who: Isamu Noguchi

What: Ceiling and Waterfall

Where: 666 5th Avenue, 10013

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