Starting in 2016, Frédéric Lère has been so impressed by the Hudson Yards development, that he has used this as a source of inspiration for a series of paintings. The Vessel, Heatherwicks’ centerpiece, is the focus of several paintings.
Lère set up his easel in the same area from which George Bellows executed a series of four oil paintings: Pennsylvania Station Excavation (1907-1909). “I could see the connection between the Hudson Yards construction site and the extraordinary work it took to build Pennsylvania Station. Like Bellows I wanted to celebrate this project.”
Over the years, Lère has painted railroad tracks, up North along the Hudson River, and South on the High Line. The Hudson Yards paintings came as a natural extension of these Grand Central Station and High Line projects.