NYC unveils massive new sculpture for public space project

NEW YORK (AP) — A design has been unveiled for the massive centerpiece sculpture in a $200 million public space project at Hudson Yards in Manhattan. "Vessel" from British designer Thomas Heatherwick is an inverted honeycomb-like structure of platforms and stairways that will stand 150 feet high....

NEW YORK (AP) — A design has been unveiled for the massive centerpiece sculpture in a $200 million public space project at Hudson Yards in Manhattan.

"Vessel" from British designer Thomas Heatherwick is an inverted honeycomb-like structure of platforms and stairways that will stand 150 feet high. It will measure 50 feet across at the base and 150 feet across at the top. The concrete and steel structure will have a latticework of 154 interconnected flights of stairs and 80 platforms.

It will be located in a 5-acre public space on Manhattan's west side overlooking the Hudson River and surrounded by the skyscrapers of the massive development project.

Heatherwick's other projects include the cauldron for the 2012 Olympics in London.

The public space is expected to open in 2018.

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