Photographer's Note

In June I made a second visit to the complex called Hudson Yards on the west side of midtown Manhattan. This newly-built area contains a shopping center, office buildings, high-rise residences, and a performance space, but the most recognizable feature is the large, beehive-like structure known as the Vessel. It opened to the public on March 15, 2019. Created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the Vessel is 16 stories high. It consists of 154 flights of stairs and 80 landings.

During my two visits I didn’t actually enter the Vessel, but only took photos from ground level. Now it is closed indefinitely, but it’s not due to COVID. Sadly, this past July there was a fourth suicide from the structure. After the three earlier tragedies, the Vessel closed temporarily while officials tried to figure out how to make it safer. It was decided that visitors would no longer be able to enter alone, tickets went from being free to costing $10, and messages discouraging suicide were posted. Several experts suggested adding higher barriers to the edges of the structure, but the idea was dismissed. Currently, the barriers are chest-high, and visitors had been able to lean over to take photos or look downward. Arguments were initially made that higher barriers would alter the architect’s intended artistic vision, and change the way the public interacts with the structure and its environment.

Visitors were still climbing up and enjoying the views during my June visit. As an architectural work of art the Vessel is stunning, but, as recent history has shown, it can also be a sad lure to some.

In the WS is a closer view.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1988 W: 350 N: 4522] (16072)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2021-06-18
  • Exposition: f/1.8, 1/588 secondes
  • Versions: version originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-03 14:14
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Points: 38
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