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Jaume Plensa’s largest work, Water’s Soul is created from 108 unique interconnecting sections. Each section is composed of fiberglass and an acyclic composite skin which is supported by a stainless steel skeleton. The pieces are joined together by the internal skeleton. The Sculpture was initially fabricated and then constructed in Jaume Plensa’s studio in [Barcelona], Spain for review and approval of the artist. It was then disassembled and shipped to Newport where it was re-assembled over the course of two weeks.

The sculpture was opened to the public on October 21, 2021.

From the

“My intention was not to do an object, it was to create a place, to create a site, to create one space, to invite people to come and enjoy to be together. The positioning of the pier’s perfect for that.” – Jaume Pleansa


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


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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


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