Thomas Heatherwick, whose planned Garden bridge in London is under investigation, has designed audacious Vessel sculpture for public plaza
A controversial British designer is behind an audacious $150m public art structure nicknamed the Stairway to Nowhere planned for a new multi-billion dollar commercial development on New York Citys west side.
Thomas Heatherwicks design of a giant, free-standing collection of multi-level staircases that will give the public fresh views of the city was unveiled in New York on Wednesday and is currently under construction in Italy.
However, the private company behind the New York project said on Thursday, that it was not concerned that there will be cost overruns on a large scale for the staircase piece, even though the cost has already doubled from the original estimate of $75m, according to the New York Times.
Heatherwicks new piece is officially called Vessel and will incorporate 2,500 stairs in a bold, basket-shaped structure standing within a new plaza with trees, paths and flowerbeds, surrounded by skyscrapers.