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Massive Jersey City art installation appears to tell NYC to quiet down


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An enormous new art installation on Jersey City’s waterfront appears to be shushing New Yorkers — however the sculptor who designed the colossus stated he didn’t imply to be impolite.

“Water’s Soul” depicts a towering 72-foot girls’s head with a finger to her lips going through downtown Manhattan as if to say “shhh.”

Artist Jaume Plensa stated it’s not a message to the City That Never Sleeps.

"Water's Soul" by Spanish Artist Jaume Plensa is under construction on October 08, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey
The art installation appears to be shushing New Yorkers.
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The One World Trade Center in New York is seen through the statue "Water's Soul" by the artist Jaume Plensa in Jersey City
The One World Trade Center in New York is seen by way of the statue “Water’s Soul” by the artist Jaume Plensa in Jersey City.
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“It’s paying homage to the water,” Plensa told NJ.com in a latest interview.

“And that silent position, that the piece has the finger to the lips, (it is) inviting people to be silent … to try to listen to their own thoughts, their own dreams, their own ideas in this incredibly noisy time today in which we are living today.”

The sculpture, which dominates the Jersey waterfront, is constituted of a combination that features resin and fiber glass, weighing 30 tons, NJ.com stated.

The statue "Water's Soul" by the artist Jaume Plensa is seen in Jersey City
The sculpture dominates the Jersey waterfront.
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A dedication ceremony is deliberate for Oct. 21 for the sculpture, which was commissioned by the LeFrak Organization and Simon, the businesses who developed Newport, in accordance to a news launch.

Plensa stated in a press release he hoped the sculpture, which was not too long ago unveiled on the Newport pier, would grow to be an icon and “landmark that visually connects it with New York City” throughout the river.

“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,” Plensa stated.

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