Thomas Heatherwick, whose schemed Garden bridge in London is under investigation, has designed audacious Vessel sculpture for public plaza
A contentious British designer is behind an audacious $ 150 m public artistry structure nicknamed the Stairway to Nowhere planned for a new multi-billion dollar commercial-grade evolution on New York Citys west side.
Thomas Heatherwicks design of a giant, free-standing accumulation of multi-level staircases that will give the public fresh views of the city was unveiled in New York on Wednesday and is currently under construction in Italy.
But the choice of Heatherwick for the project is likely to raise eyebrows in Britain, since he is the designer behind the strategy Garden bridge over the Thames in London that is under investigation for its use of public fund and projections that it would need a taxpayer bailout once operational.
However, the private company behind the New York activity said on Thursday, “that its not” concerned that there will be cost overruns on a large scale for the staircase section, although there are the cost have so far been redoubled from the original calculate of $75 m, according to the New York Times.
Heatherwicks new piece is officially called Vessel and will incorporate 2,500 stairs in a daring, basket-shaped arrangement sitting within a brand-new plaza with trees, courses and flowerbeds, surrounded by skyscrapers.