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Heatherwick to design major scuplture in New York

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London 2012 cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick is to work on a major public sculpture for New York

The designer, who works from his London-based practice Heatherwick Studio, will create the artwork within the £9 billion Hudson Yards development in Manhattan which is being masterplanned by KPF.

Few details have been released of the scheme, but Heatherwick confirmed he had been approached by Hudson Yards developer Stephen Ross.

‘I am extremely excited to have been invited to work with Stephen Ross on one of the most ambitious and keenly anticipated development projects that has ever been undertaken in New York,’ he said.

‘This is a unique opportunity to integrate a new kind of public space into the fabric of the city and to add another layer to New York’s rich cultural heritage.’

Hudson Yards is a mixed-use development set to include office, retail and residential space as well as cultural and entertainment venues and public space over a 10 ha site.

Its website says 10,000 people will live in the finished district; 30,000 people will work there; and ‘millions’ will visit.

Heatherwick won plaudits for his Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

His practice is rumoured to have teamed up again with British engineering stars AKT II on the Hudson Yards scheme – the two practices have already collaborated together on the Lubetkin Prize-winning UK Pavillion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

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