Water’s Soul is an 80-foot tall sculpture sitting on the edge of the newly constructed Newport Pier in Jersey City. Newport developer Lefrak and Simon Property Group commissioned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa to create this latest public work of art.
The Newport sculpture is Plensa’s second major, permanent installation in the New York area. Another of his works — “Voices” — can be found at 30 Hudson Yards in New York.
“It is my wish for Water’s Soul to become an icon for Newport and a landmark that visually connects it with New York City across the Hudson River,” said Plensa. “Just as Water’s Soul acts to unite the City of Jersey City and New York City, we are reminded that water is the great public space that unites and embraces communities as well as people around the world.”
A large majority of Plensa’s work includes sculptures in public spaces. Plensa’s public art installations can be found in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, and Canada. The sculptures are usually over-sized heads, torsos, or spheres.
Meanwhile, the new walkway was designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, who recently collaborated with Heatherwick Studio to design New York’s Little Island. The Newport Pier connects to Newport’s existing mile-long Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
A dedication of “Water’s Soul” occurred on October 21. The new landscaped walkway is now open to the public for year-round access.