A staircase to nowhere or a Shawarma? Thomas Heatherwick responds to criticism of the Vessel
The attraction is the centerpiece of Hudson Yards
Architecture critics haven’t taken much of a shine to the artistic showpiece of Hudson Yards, the 15-story climbable sculpture called “The Vessel.”
The New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman described it as “a 150-foot-high, $200 million, latticed, waste-basket-shaped stairway to nowhere, sheathed in a gaudy, copper-cladded steel.”
Related Companies’ Stephen Ross, who worked closely with designer Thomas Heatherwick, wanted the public to give it an affectionate nickname. Instead, it has been christened “the Shawarma.”
On the opening day of Hudson Yards, The Real Deal‘s Erin Hudson asked Heatherwick to address criticism of the sculpture, which he said was inspired by ancient Indian stepwells and could be New York’s version of the Eiffel Tower.
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