A $200m art installation that’s being lauded as New York’s version of the Eiffel Tower has begun construction.
Construction workers used a crane to lift the first piece of the Thomas Heatherwick sculpture with the working title “Vessel” into place near West 34th Street and 10th Avenue.
The structure, made up of 154 winding flights of stairs, will rise more than 15 stories in the middle of the Hudson Yards public plaza which developer Related Companies is constructing.
“This is a very, very important day for us at Related, and for the city of New York,” the company’s chairman and founder, Stephen Ross said.
“[Vessel] will be to New York what I believe the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.”
The sculpture will be built from 75 pieces, which have been manufactured in Italy, and Heatherwick said they will fit together “like a jigsaw puzzle.”
Developers said it should be complete in late 2018.