Thomas Heatherwick’s VesselSee - April 3, 2019
The Hudson Yards recently opened and Cynthia and I were lucky enough to be able to take the tour of The Vessel by Thomas Heatherwick.
The Vessel, as the structure is temporarily being called, is an interactive sculpture comprising a network of stairs and landings that visitors can climb (or take an elevator) to the top. The completion of the Vessel has a Hollywood-like story. After the commission was awarded to the British-based designer Thomas Heatherwick (who beat out, among others, Anish Kapoor to earn the project), the developer went to extreme lengths in keeping the design a secret. So much so that a 20-foot fence was constructed around the steelworks in northwest Italy where the bones of the Vessel was being constructed so that no one could see what the design was going to be. Bit by bit, parts of it were brought to the U.S. and floated to the construction site via tugboat along New York’s Hudson River.