Hudson Yards, the largest private development in the US, is now open for business. At its literal center and standing as a symbol for the whole thing is , a towering column of stairs sitting in the complex’s central plaza.
The $200 million dollar architectural folly comes courtesy British architect Thomas Heatherwick. Many have questioned its tastefulness in advance, including most recently architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, who has referred to it as a “latticed, waste-basket-shaped stairway to nowhere, sheathed in a gaudy, copper-cladded steel.”
But at Friday’s opening ceremonies, Heatherwick reminded the audience that it wouldn’t truly be complete until people got a chance to walk around on the structure and experience its participatory charms as a giant, playful spiral staircase-cum-lookout point. “The whole point is to be lifting up 700 people,” he said. “It’s not finished until you are on it.”
In keeping with the spirit of getting the public engaged with the pricey new property, the owners have also said that will not be the sculptural work’s final name. That will be decided by a public naming competition, the details of which are, as yet, not announced. In the lead up to the opening of Hudson Yards, and based purely on the pre-launch pictures and public griping, the artnet News team threw together our own suggestions about what Heathwick’s opus might possibly end up being renamed as.
We humbly submit them here.
(A more extensive review of Hudson Yards’s art amenities is on the way for next week.)