John Custodio, The Vessel: New York City's Stairway to Nowhere

May 29 - June 23, 2024

The Vessel
New York City's Stairway to Nowhere

The Vessel is a 16-story, 150-foot-high, funnel-shaped structure of connected staircases located between the buildings of the Hudson Yards complex in New York City. It has 154 flights, 80 landings, and a total of 2500 steps that start at its 50-foot-wide base and end at its 150-foot-wide apex. I decided to photograph the structure with a fisheye lens and to render the images to a high contrast black and white to emphasize the latticework of the interconnecting staircases and the sheen of the copper-clad steps. Some of the images remind me of an Escher stairwell lithograph.