This gorgeous new art installation at Hudson Yards has been widely buzzed about since designer Thomas Heatherwick’s renderings of the space were released last year.
The $200M dollar “Vessel” project officially broke ground on April 18 and will be 15-stories-tall once completed. The structure is quickly rising with over half of the copper-colored structure already built. Putting it on track to open in 2018!
Over the past year, the art installation has been referred to as the “Eiffel Tower of New York” by several publications. While some are not thrilled over the ultimate presence of this art piece in Hudson Yards, its debut is still highly anticipated by many.
“Vessel” will be a maze of staircases with “154 flights and almost 2,500 steps” as well as 80 platforms to view the city from.
Hudson Yards says that “this monumental design piece will act as New York City’s new public landmark.” The design is:
“Influenced by Indian stepwells, made from hundreds of flights of stairs going down into the ground, the dramatic design of Vessel creates a stage set for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world: geometric lattice of intersecting flights of stairs, whose form rises from a base that is 50 feet in diameter that widens at the top to 150 feet.”
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