|The centerpiece public art for Hudson Yards is called "Vessel," a 150-foot-tall structure of interwoven steps and landings. View of Vessel under construction.|
Hudson Yards will boast its own equivalent of Rockefeller Plaza and Radio City Music Hall in the form of two structures known as “Vessel” and “the Shed.” Vessel, an interactive public artwork designed by Thomas Heatherwick, will consist of inter-woven stairs and landings that zigzag up and out, in the shape of a vessel, to a height of 150 feet. I imagine Vessel will provide a handy place to escape the crowds of the High Line below, until, of course, it becomes too crowded. At which point, we will need to fly.
|The outer shell of "the Shed" is taking place. The cultural center is designed to accommodate a variety of productions with a moveable shell that can telescope open or closed.|
This public walking structure is meant to serve as the dazzling centerpiece of the equally ambitious Public Square and Gardens. The Vessel and the public square are scheduled to open in fall 2018. If you need knee replacement, do it now.
|Hudson Yards - view of Vessel and the Shed from 11th Avenue|
On the south side of Vessel, along W. 30th Street, a new cultural complex known as the Shed is also taking shape. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the Shed will host a variety of entertainments. The structure’s outer moveable shell can be “deployed,” as the designers describe it, to accommodate different sorts of productions. Scheduled to open in spring 2019, the Shed has already commissioned conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, a Bronx native, to create a work for the 200,000-square-foot space. I assume it will be large.
|Outside the 7 train Hudson Yards station, a view of the complex under construction.|
|West Side Rail Yards at sunset|
Related on this website:
• 7 Walks from the 7 Train, 34 Street-Hudson Yards Subway Station.
• Hudson Yards http://www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com/
• The Shed http://theshed.org/
|Entrance, at subway station, looking north.|
|At the time of my visit, the information kiosk in the mostly empty subway station showed the wrong time in addition to a blank sheet of information. I read this as a metaphor for basically everything.|
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from August 6, 2017.