The Vessel upon topping out in December 2017, courtesy of Related-Oxford
The Vessel–Thomas Heatherwick’s 150-foot-tall, honeycomb-shaped, climbable public art installation at Hudson Yards–is expected to open to the public this coming spring, and in advance of tickets becoming available in February (yes, apparently you need to reserve a spot to climb the thing), you can now sign up for an advanced place to be notified when the “schedule” opens up. There will be dedicated time slots, at least in the beginning when the attraction is sure to be flooded with New Yorkers, but since the structure can hold a whopping 1,000 people at a time, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.
The Hudson Yards website has dubbed the Vessel “New York’s Staircase,” which is comprised of 154 “inttricately interconnecting flights of stairs—almost 2,500 individual steps—and 80 landings.” 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.
Rendering of the completed Vessel and plaza, courtesy of Heatherwick Studios
Designer Thomas Heatherwick has previously said:
Vessel is one of the most complex pieces of steelwork ever made. Today we are marking the exciting moment when the last of the enormous 75 pre-fabricated pieces which traveled all the way from Italy to Manhattan, has been assembled ahead of schedule and with astonishing geometric accuracy.
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