Reservations to climb Hudson Yards’ giant public sculpture are open!

February 27, 2019

Rendering of the completed Vessel and plaza, courtesy of Heatherwick Studios for Related-Oxford

As of today, those who did not sign up for advanced tickets to enter Thomas Heatherwick’s 150-foot-tall, honeycomb-shaped public art installation at Hudson Yards can reserve their one-hour time slot. Formerly known as The Vessel, (it’s now awaiting an official name), the climbable sculpture officially opens along with the entire development this Friday. The free tickets must be reserved 14 days in advance, so chances are even though the structure can hold a whopping 1,000 people at a time, it’s going to be a crowded spring.

Hudson Yards, the vessel, thomas heatherwickThe Vessel this month; photo by 6sqft.

The Hudson Yards website has dubbed the structure “New York’s Staircase,” which is comprised of 154 “intricately interconnecting flights of stairs—almost 2,500 individual steps—and 80 landings.” As far as the official name goes, though, a Related representative recently told 6sqft, “[The Vessel] was always a placeholder until the public experienced it. We’re excited to have the public help us with a name.”

Made of bronzed steel and concrete, the $150 million interactive landmark topped out last December. It sits at the center of the Hudson Yards Plaza, which will be beautifully landscaped and also hold a fountain.

March 15th marks the opening of the entire Hudson Yards complex, including the restaurants and food halls, Snark Park exhibit space, and the Public Square and Gardens. The Shed will open a bit later on April 5th.

Weather permitting, the sculpture will be open every day from 10am to 9pm. You can sign up for more information and to reserve your spot HERE >>


This post was originally published on October 19, 2018.

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