If you have been keeping up with developments in New York City, you know that Hudson Yards on the West Side of Manhattan is the most active part of town so far as construction activity is concerned. The $20 billion development project is half complete. In all, there are to be 16 new skyscrapers added to the Manhattan skyline when all is said and done. As phase one of the Hudson Yards master plan is wrapping up, the iconic centerpiece is already in place.
I am referring to the 150-foot tall interactive sculpture designed by Thomas Heatherwick, known as Vessel. Intended to be explored by the public, Vessel will stand nestled among the tall towers of Hudson Yards. The sculpture was fabricated in Italy and arrived in six separate shipments following a two-week journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
Hudson Yards will change the focus of the city going forward once it officially opens in 2019. There will be a new neighborhood added to the borough of Manhattan. That’s is a momentous accomplishment. At the center of the newly developed area will be the public square anchored by Vessel.
Vessel is a very complex structure. Indeed, at its height, with 154 interconnecting stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings, it is one of the most complex pieces of steelwork ever completed. The sculpture cost $200 million and took eight months to complete.
Although, the centerpiece is still not open to the public. Vessel is worth the trip into the city merely to be able to say that you were there before Hudson Yards became what it is sure to be. Make sure you take lots of pictures. They will make great before and after shots.