80ft sculpture installed in New York

Water’s Soul, a large statue of a woman’s head with her index finger pressed to her lips, has appeared along the Hudson River waterfront in New York. The new art installation by Barcelona-based artist Jaume Plensa has been two years in the making and will be unveiled later this month.

According to a report by Reuters, the artist wants members of the public to “keep silent,” and “listen to the profound noise of the water talking to us.

Plensa told the news service: “The water, when it moves, makes a special sound, very special.”

Plensa adds that the sculpture is not sending a message to Manhattan, and she is not “shushing,” but silently calling for quiet.

According to Reuters, the piece of art was created at Plensa’s Barcelona studio from a scan of a real-life model. Water’s Soul was made with polyester resin, fiberglass and marble dust and once finished, the 80ft sculpture was shipped in 23 containers to the Jersey City site for assembly.

The statue stands directly across from Greenwich Village, four miles upstream from another large sculpture, the Statue of Liberty.

Plensa was commissioned to create the Water’s Soul around two years ago by LeFrak and Simon Property Group, which developed the area where the sculpture stands.

“In many of my pieces I’m asking the viewer: Close your eyes and look inside yourself, because you have an amazing quantity of beauty hidden inside,” says Plensa.

“Water’s Soul can best be viewed from the river. It’s a piece which is very much paying homage to water, and it’s in the water where you can enjoy it more.”

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