UN Memorial Design Competition

New York, NY

A collaborative work with artist Joseph Norman, this memorial proposal gives dynamic physical expression to drawings of a tragic love story in the form of concrete, steel, and plants. The United Nations Memorial for the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade is an innovative blend of 21st century art and design media. The Middle Passage: A Love Story was realized as a monumental work on paper and is the inspiration for this proposal, which hybridizes landscape/sculpture and is organized into four movements. The design, based on a ribbon form measuring approximately 180 feet by 80 feet, becomes amorphous in its scope and shape relative to the selected site. More than one thousand ceramic figures, flowing from a mosaic treatment towards bas-relief and three-dimensional imagery, tell the story of the Middle Passage, devoid of sentimentality and undeniable in truth.