City unveils massive new sculpture to be installed at Hudson Yards

"Vessel" by British designer Thomas Heatherwick will stand 150 feet high, measuring 50 feet across at the base and 150 feet across at the top, and cost $150 million

Plans for a public square at Hudson Yards were unveiled on Wednesday, including its $150 million centerpiece, a 150-foot-high, open-latticework sculpture called the Vessel that its developer has likened to the Eiffel Tower.

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the Vessel resembles a giant honeycomb vase, with a 50-foot-diameter base that widens to 150 feet at its apex. It is meant to be climbed: Composed of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs and 80 landings, it amounts to a mile-long walking path.

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