Water's Soul - 'Water's Soul': Massive white sculpture makes a statement in New York harbour
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'Water's Soul': Massive white sculpture makes a statement in New York harbour


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Published on October 21, 2021 11:00 AM
 
On a recent morning when Plensa saw the piece fully assembled for the first time, its call for silence competed with hum of diesel engines from the nearby Hoboken train terminal, the overhead roar of helicopters, and the cries and laughter of children riding in strollers along the river walkways. Depicting a real-life model whose image was scanned, the piece was fashioned from polyester resin, fiberglass and marble dust at Plensa's Barcelona studio and shipped in 23 containers, each 40 feet (12 meters long), to the Jersey City site for assembly.
 
A towering statue of a woman's head with her index finger pressing on her lips now faces lower Manhattan along the Hudson River, inviting the chaotic metropolis to stop and listen.

"The water, when it moves, makes a special sound, very special," Barcelona-based artist Jaume Plensa said.

The message of his 80-foot (24-metre) 'Water's Soul' - Plensa's biggest work to date - is "to keep silent,... to listen to the profound noise of the water talking to us," he said in an interview.

The snow-white head commands a sweeping view of the river in front of a forest of high-rise buildings in Jersey City's rapidly developing Newport waterfront. It stands directly across from Greenwich Village and about four miles (six km) upstream from the Statue of Liberty, a more familiar sentinel of the harbor...