Friday, October 19, 2018

New York's Newest Monument - Vessel!

Vessel is a new project in New York - intended to be a stunning experience of space.  The YouTube article is HERE.  There are two immediate visual comparisons for me - the first is the idea of Tower of Babel.  The second is Floyd Elzinga's Pinecone sculptures.  But we'll stay with the Tower of Babel today.

Here's Vessel

Here's the Tower of Babel

The major difference is that New York's 'staircase' is an upside down structure - small at the bottom and large at the top.  The website has a great set of pictures and story describing what they call New York City's next public landmark.

Created by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio – Hudson Yards presents a uniquely interactive experience, a monument meant to be climbed and explored. Comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs—almost 2,500 individual steps— and 80 landings, the centerpiece will literally lift up the public, offering a multitude of ways to engage with New York, Hudson Yards and each other. This larger-than-life art piece will be New York City’s next public landmark.  

You can read about all of the Hudson Yards projects at their website - The High Line, the Public Square and Gardens, The Shed, and more.  

And what are today's photos?  The beautiful Gerbera flower in the commercial growing greenhouses in Grimsby. It came to North America in the 1920s. It was hybridized into a plant suitable for gardens and widespread commercial production in the 1970s.  Today it is a staple of the florist trade.

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