'Water's Soul' sculpture invites New Yorkers to stop, listen

The message of Plensa's 80-foot sculpture - his biggest work to date - is "to keep silent, ... to listen to the profound noise of the water talking to us," he said in an interview.

The snow-white head commands a sweeping view of the river in front of a forest of high-rise buildings in Jersey City's rapidly developing Newport waterfront. It stands directly across from Greenwich Village and about four miles (six km) upstream from the Statue of Liberty, a more familiar sentinel of the harbor.

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