“Ziggy” Adds Colorful  New Perspective To Water Street Plaza

Ziggy” Adds Colorful  New Perspective To Water Street Plaza
Ziggy, by design studio Hou de Sousa, was installed in early October.

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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Grace Capobianco, CEO/Publisher of Downtown Media & Production was born to be a visionary. She has spent the majority of her life working, developing and marketing innovative media products that not only engage and inform but also bring entire communities together. Utilizing her personal vision as a professional guide, Grace started her first company, Tropical Publishing, when she was just 27 years old and from this moment on, she knew that entrepreneurship was her passion. On a perpetual quest to bring innovative and relevant news to communities, she also created, developed and published the first ever Chamber of Commerce magazine for the Palm Beaches, The South Florida Office Guide. Evolving within the realm of publishing, she moved on to launch Up The Coast magazine in the 1980’s, a guide to Jupiter, in north Florida, where the population aggrandized from 9,000 to more than 70,000 today, and then continued to hone in on niche markets with the launch of publications like Alternative Medicine and NewBeauty. Simultaneously, she launched ATSI, a telecommunications company, which sold Mitel and Siemens products to her publishing clients. The idea of Downtown Magazine NYC was born for Grace in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. A Lower Manhattan resident at this time, Grace saw firsthand the incredible sense of community the neighborhood had demonstrated during these trying times, as well as its immense strength and perseverance. She explored every angle of launching a magazine that would speak to this community but initially felt the timing was just too soon. It wasn’t until 2010 that Grace felt the community was ready to hear its voice and launched Downtown Magazine NYC.