Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

A massive new art installation on Jersey City’s waterfront seems to shake New Yorkers – but the sculptor who designed the colossus said he did not mean to be rude.

“Water’s Soul” depicts a towering 72-foot-tall woman’s head with a finger to her lips facing downtown Manhattan as if to say “shhh.”

Artist Jaume Plensa said it is not a message to the city that never sleeps.

"Water soul" by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is under construction on October 8, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey
The art installation seems to shake New Yorkers.
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One World Trade Center in New York is seen through the statue "Water soul" by artist Jaume Plensa in Jersey City
One World Trade Center in New York is seen through the statue “Water’s Soul” by artist Jaume Plensa in Jersey City.
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“It pays homage to the water,” Plensa told NJ.com in a recent interview.

“And the silent position that the play has the finger to the lips, (it is) invites people to be silent … to try to listen to their own thoughts, their own dreams, their own ideas in this incredibly noisy time today, where we live today. ”

The sculpture, which dominates the Jersey waterfront, is made from a blend containing resin and fiberglass that weighs 30 tons, NJ.com said.

The statue "Water soul" by artist Jaume Plensa is seen in Jersey City
The sculpture dominates the Jersey waterfront.
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An inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 21 for the sculpture, which was commissioned by the LeFrak Organization and Simon, the companies that developed Newport, according to a press release.

Plensa said in a statement that he hoped the sculpture, recently unveiled at Newport Pier, would become an icon and “landmark that visually connects it to New York City” across the river.

“Just like Water soul is about uniting the city of Jersey City and New York City, we are reminded that water is the great public space that unites and embraces communities as well as people around the world, ”said Plensa.


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