LeFrak, Simon unveil 80 ft. Hudson River sculpture


LeFrak and Simon have unveiled a new permanent, large-scale public artwork located in the Newport development of Jersey City, New Jersey.


The sculpture by Jaume Plensa, titled “Water’s Soul,” is the
international artist’s tallest, at 80 feet high, and can be seen opposite the
Hudson River from lower Manhattan.

The LeFrak and Simon families together commissioned Jaume
Plensa for the artwork on Newport Pier. LeFrak and Simon are the chief
developers of Newport.

“Over the course of three decades, Newport has blossomed
into a vibrant, diverse community. We are proud to welcome Jaume Plensa’s
breathtaking sculpture to this one-of-a-kind neighborhood as we continue to
establish Newport within the growing art scene taking shape in Jersey City,”
said Richard LeFrak, Chairman and CEO of LeFrak.

The sculpture is Plensa’s second major, permanent
installation in the New York metropolitan area, following the 2018 installment
of “Voices” at 30 Hudson Yards. A dedication of “Water’s Soul” will be held in
the third week of October 2021, after which the landscaped walkway will open
for year-round public access.

The pier’s walkway was designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects and connects to Newport’s existing mile-long Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

Rendering top courtesy of Richard Gray Gallery

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