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Floating Waterfall Stuns Versailles Visitors

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Tourists pose for a selfie in front of "Waterfall" installation by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson on June 8, 2016 in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, southern Paris. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt / AFP - Getty Images

Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has made it his mission to wow visitors this summer with his new project at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) outside of Paris.

The waterfall in the Grand Canal is one of three different water-related installations, for the 49-year old artist's exhibition at the palace running from June 7-October 30.

The renowned artist is popular for his spectacular creations, such as The Weather Project (2003) in the Tate Modern in London, which has been seen by over two million people, or The New York City Waterfalls (2008), featuring four large artificial waterfalls installed on the shores of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Eliasson's inspiration came from Andre Le Notre, King Louis XIV's head gardener, and his vision of creating a spectacular waterfall in the famed 17th-century gardens.

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The gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, southern Paris, shows "Waterfall" installation by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson on June 8, 2016. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt / AFP - Getty Images

"The waterfall is an attempt to finalize, to make the impossible possible, to make the dreams come true," Eliasson said.

The other installations in the gardens feature elements that change with the weather — including retracting glaciers and blocks of ice deploying a circle of mist.

"I work with nature phenomenon very often, I work with light, dematerialization, ephemera, and maybe sometimes psychology," Eliasson said.

Last year, Anish Kapoor's exhibition at Versailles prompted violent controversy over a sculpture that had a sexual connotation.

The palace of Versailles' president, Catherine Pegard, said contemporary art exhibitions are a way "to show that Versailles does not remain frozen in the past."