Jersey City art installation appears to tell NYC to quiet down



A massive new art installation on Jersey City’s waterfront seems to be shushing New Yorkers — but the sculptor who designed the colossus said he didn’t mean to be rude.

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

Artist Jaume Plensa said it’s not a message to the City That Never Sleeps.

"Water's Soul" by Spanish Artist Jaume Plensa is under construction on October 08, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey
The art installation seems to be shushing New Yorkers.
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The One World Trade Center in New York is seen through the statue "Water's Soul" by the artist Jaume Plensa in Jersey City
The One World Trade Center in New York is seen through the statue “Water’s Soul” by the artist Jaume Plensa in Jersey City.
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“It’s paying homage to the water,” Plensa told in a recent interview.

“And that silent position, that the piece has the finger to the lips, (it is) inviting people to be silent … to try to listen to their own thoughts, their own dreams, their own ideas in this incredibly noisy time today in which we are living today.”

The sculpture, which dominates the Jersey waterfront, is made from a mix that includes resin and fiber glass, weighing 30 tons, said.

The statue "Water's Soul" by the artist Jaume Plensa is seen in Jersey City
The sculpture dominates the Jersey waterfront.
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A dedication ceremony is planned for Oct. 21 for the sculpture, which was commissioned by the LeFrak Organization and Simon, the companies who developed Newport, according to a news release.

Plensa said in a statement he hoped the sculpture, which was recently unveiled on the Newport pier, would become an icon and “landmark that visually connects it with New York City” across the river.

“Just as Water’s Soul acts to unite 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,” Plensa said.


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