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.
Location: 1 Park Lane South, Jersey City, NJ 07310
During winter 2021-22, 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.
|Designer||Plensa Studio Barcelona|
|Structural Engineer (Spain)||Thinking Engineering|
|Structural Engineer (US)||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Art Handling||Mariano Brothers|
|Steel Erection||JGM Fabricators and Constructors|
|Conservator||GMAB Conservation Services|
|Landscape Design||Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architecture|
|Lighting Design||Focus Lighting|
|Civil Engineer||Dresdner Robin|
|MEP Engineer||Omdex Incorporated|
|Structural Engineer||McNamara Salvia|
|Landscaper||Lou’s Landscaping and Design|
|Surveyor||50 States Engineering|
|Ironwork Metalwork||ADG Metals|
|Custom Benches||NY CitySlab|
|Piles and Sheeting||Simpson 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.
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