The centerpiece of the public space at Hudson Yards was revealed Wednesday morning by Mayor Bill de Blasio and founder and chairman of the Related Companies, a real estate firm, Stephen Ross.
Vessel, although the name might be changed, was a hush-hush design by Thomas Heatherwick, who created the flaming cauldron for the 2012 London Olympics, and Heatherwick Studio. Not just an urban landmark to be gawked at, Vessel is meant to be climbed, comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs—almost 2,500 individual steps— and 80 landings.
"I’m struck by the notion that this could be a place – yes, for people to be active – but also a place that will cause us to reflect and think," de Blasio said in his speech. "And there’s something compelling and attractive about it. And certainly something that will make it a must-see and a must-walk for all New Yorkers."