Created by artist John McEnroe, "National Velvet" is an Obelisk standing 20 feet tall near Highline Pedestrian Bridge. It is comprised of two parts: the aluminum base and the red fiberglass sculpture. The work was constructed using sand filled nylon which was coated in resin, then drained of its sand to make a translucent "candy" shell. The hollow interior is lit internally with a "tree" of compact florescent lights.
"National Velvet" won the People's Choice Award for best new public art in 2008.