Eiffel Tower or Money Pit?

Thomas Heatherwick–designed sculpture for Hudson Yards will cost mind-boggling $200 million

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The sculpture will supposedly go somewhere in the eastern side of the development's Public Square. (Courtesy Related and Oxford)
The sculpture will supposedly go somewhere in the eastern side of the development's Public Square. (Courtesy Related and Oxford)

According to Crain’s, the Thomas Heatherwick–designed sculpture that will stand at the center of Hudson Yard’s Public Square will cost a casino-breaking $200 million. Related Companies chairman Stephen Ross foresees that “It will become to New York what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.” [NB: The Eiffel Tower only cost about the equivalent of $36 million in 1889.] The sculpture’s exact design remains a mystery. In July 2015, a New York Times article said Heatherwick imagined a “vessel” that would be shot through with dozens of stairways. It would be “shaped like a chalice” and “would rise higher than the adjacent, cavernous [100-foot-tall] Culture Shed” designed by DS+R.




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