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LeFrak, Simon unveil 80 ft. Hudson River sculpture

LeFrak and Simon have unveiled a new permanent, large-scale public artwork located in the Newport development of Jersey City, New Jersey.


The sculpture by Jaume Plensa, titled “Water’s Soul,” is the international artist’s tallest, at 80 feet high, and can be seen opposite the Hudson River from lower Manhattan.

The LeFrak and Simon families together commissioned Jaume Plensa for the artwork on Newport Pier. LeFrak and Simon are the chief developers of Newport.

“Over the course of three decades, Newport has blossomed into a vibrant, diverse community. We are proud to welcome Jaume Plensa’s breathtaking sculpture to this one-of-a-kind neighborhood as we continue to establish Newport within the growing art scene taking shape in Jersey City,” said Richard LeFrak, Chairman and CEO of LeFrak.

The sculpture is Plensa’s second major, permanent installation in the New York metropolitan area, following the 2018 installment of “Voices” at 30 Hudson Yards. A dedication of “Water’s Soul” will be held in the third week of October 2021, after which the landscaped walkway will open for year-round public access.

The pier’s walkway was designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects and connects to Newport’s existing mile-long Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

Rendering top courtesy of Richard Gray Gallery

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