“Ziggy” Adds Colorful  New Perspective To Water Street Plaza

by | Oct 20, 2020 | Art, Culture, Design, Downtown News, Featured, Featured

Public Design Installation “Ziggy” Adds Colorful  New Perspective To Water Street Plaza

Downtown Alliance-Hosted Installation Now On View For Pedestrians 

Ziggy, the Downtown Alliance’s newest public art installation, is now on view at 200 Water Street, where it is already delighting Lower Manhattan’s pedestrians and adding a touch of color and a fresh perspective to the neighborhood.

Created by design studio Hou de Sousa, Ziggy uses cords tied to a steel structure illuminated by colorful lights to create exciting views of the surrounding landscape. The installation welcomes visitors from all angles and simultaneously frames views of the surrounding context. The structural footprint features several “gateways” that are designed to serve as benches. The linear elements that define Ziggy’s volume and form are lightweight, visually transparent, and impervious to wind. As pedestrians enjoy the colorful display, they can see their surroundings from a new perspective.


Ziggy” Adds Colorful  New Perspective To Water Street Plaza

Barclay and Isabella


“Ziggy is a bright, inviting addition to the Lower Manhattan landscape,” said Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin. “It adds a touch of whimsy to the neighborhood and invites pedestrians to interact from a safe distance. As we spend more time outdoors and in open public spaces, installations like Ziggy help us reimagine how to use our space and make it fun.”

The studio describes Ziggy as “a kaleidoscopic spark of joy for our fellow New Yorkers. Showing the project Downtown is a dream come true.”


Ziggy” Adds Colorful  New Perspective To Water Street Plaza

Pedestrians scope out Ziggy at night.


About the Alliance for Downtown New York
The mission of the Alliance for Downtown New York is to provide service, advocacy, research, and information to advance Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st century Central Business District for businesses, residents, and visitors. The Downtown Alliance manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District (BID), serving an area roughly from City Hall to the Battery, from the East River to West Street. For more information visit downtownny.com

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