Press About the Sculpture

Water’s Soul
by Jaume Plensa

A Site-Specific Monumental Sculpture
in Newport, Jersey City

The Sculpture

Water’s Soul stands approximately 80 feet tall and is positioned on a newly redeveloped, historic Hudson River waterfront pier. LeFrak and Simon, developers of Newport, chose the world renowned artist Jaume Plensa for this project for his ability to convey a collective hope for humanity’s future. Looking across the Hudson River, Water’s Soul acknowledges the surrounding waterfronts, aligning with Plensa’s ongoing engagement and interest in waterfront spaces as proxies for humankind. Water’s Soul is the neighborhood’s first public art installation by an international artist.



“Water is a marvelous metaphor; one drop of water is quite alone, like a single person, but many drops can create a tidal wave or immense rivers and oceans, much like individual people come together to create community, exchange ideas and build something incredibly powerful.” – Jaume Plensa.

How to

Location: 1 Park Lane South, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Water’s Soul is open to public viewing between dawn and dusk. The sculpture is located next to Newport Green and right off the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

Water’s Soul is easily accessible via the PATH subway, NY Waterway ferry, NJ Transit trains, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and the Holland Tunnel. Street parking is available on Park Lane South and Park Lane North, please do not park on the Pier at the turnaround or service lane.



Thank you to the design and construction teams who made this vision a reality

Water’s Soul

DesignerPlensa Studio Barcelona
Structural Engineer (Spain)Thinking Engineering
Structural Engineer (US)Thornton Tomasetti
Art HandlingMariano Brothers
Steel ErectionJGM Fabricators and Constructors
InspectorPorcello Engineering
ConservatorGMAB Conservation Services


Art Plaza

Landscape DesignMathews Nielsen Landscape Architecture
Lighting DesignFocus Lighting
Civil EngineerDresdner Robin
MEP EngineerOmdex Incorporated
Structural EngineerMcNamara Salvia
Geotechnical DesignGEODesign
SiteworkPersistent Construction
ElectricianInterstate Electric
LandscaperLou’s Landscaping and Design
Surveyor50 States Engineering
RailingsClem’s Ornamental
Ironwork MetalworkADG Metals
Custom BenchesNY CitySlab
Piles and SheetingSimpson and Brown


Newport is a charming green oasis on the Hudson River, located in Jersey City directly across Manhattan, just south of Hoboken. The community stretches across several hundred beautifully landscaped acres with over 20,000 residents in 16 luxury rental towers. With spacious modern apartments, acres of green space, and urban conveniences, Newport offers a sense of community and a place to call home.


LeFrak is a preeminent, family-owned property company committed to community development and long-term ownership. LeFrak affiliates own and manage an extensive portfolio of real property concentrated in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, as well as South Florida, Los Angeles and throughout the West Coast. Through its affiliated companies, LeFrak has developed and built the majority of its real estate portfolio and is one of the world’s leading property firms. The firm is acclaimed around the globe for the quality of its projects and its properties, its financial strength and conservatism, its entrepreneurial business model and its commitment to long term ownership. Although primarily focused on the residential and office sectors, LeFrak affiliates also invest in numerous hospitality, retail assets, securities, private businesses and energy. Learn more at