“The Vessel”, sculpture in NY, is closed after third suicide

The monumental sculpture New YorkerThe Vessel“, which opened in 2019 as part of the Hudson Yards real estate project, has closed its doors indefinitely after registering the third suicide in less than a year.

“The Vessel,” a complex spiral staircase made up of more than 2,500 rungs over 45 meters high, closed its doors on Tuesday, the day after a 21-year-old jumped from the structure, which had become one of the new tourist attractions in New York.

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It is the third person to jump into the void from this building, since last December another 24-year-old girl committed suicide in the same place, and another 19-year-old adolescent did so in February 2020.

According to information gathered by The New York Times, a spokesperson for Related Companies, the company responsible for the construction of Hudson Yards, said the structure is “temporarily closed” while the company is in talks with experts in suicide prevention, including psychiatrists. on how to limit more possible deaths of this type.

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Photo: Hudson Yards / Courtesy Tim Schenk

However, a member of the local community council told the outlet that a representative from Related Companies confirmed that after Monday’s suicide, “The Vessel” would remain closed “until further notice.”

The sculpture, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, was described by him as an interactive work of art made up of 154 flights of stairs connected by 80 landings, which visitors must explore to enjoy views of New York and the nearby Hudson River.

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Photo: Hudson Yards / Courtesy Tim Schenk

At the time of the Hudson Yards opening, “The Vessel”, which cost about 200 million dollars, was presented as one of the centerpieces of the described as the largest private development project in US history, which It involved an investment of about 25 billion dollars.

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