"Ark of Return": The Permanent Memorial at the United Nations in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (New York City)

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Title

"Ark of Return": The Permanent Memorial at the United Nations in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (New York City)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Antislavery movements--United States
Transatlantic Slave Trade
Middle Passage
Northeastern United States
Public art
Public sculpture
Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

The Art of Return asks visitors to reflect upon the legacy of the slave trade and the persistent problems of racism and bigotry. The ark includes three principal design elements.

According to the artist:

“The first element is a three-dimensional map inscribed on the interior of the memorial. This map highlights the African continent at its center and graphically depicts the global scale, complexity and impact of the triangular slave trade in "acknowledgment of the tragedy.

The second element is a full-scale human figure lying horizontally in front of a wall inscribed with images of the interior of a slave ship. This is meant to communicate and educate visitors on the physical conditions endured by the millions of African people transported under extreme conditions during the middle passage. The visitors are provided the opportunity to seriously "consider the legacy" of slavery's impact upon humanity.

The third element is a triangular reflecting pool which introduces water in a meditative, ritualistic and spiritual manner. Visitors are invited to pour libations or say a prayer in memory of the millions of souls that were lost "lest we forget" this monumental and historic tragedy.”

Creator

Rodney, Leon

Source

United Nations

Date

Public Unveiling: March 25, 2015

Contributor

UNESCO, the Permanent Memorial Committee of the United Nations; Member States of the United Nations

Relation

To watch a video of the memorial unveiling, click here.

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

United Nations Visitors Plaza. 1st Avenue and 46th Street. New York, NY 10017, United States

Medium

Marble

Bibliographic Citation

Rodney Leon, "The Ark of Return," Rodney Leon Architects. Accessed April 11, 2019, http://www.rodneyleon.com/the-ark-of-return

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Citation

Rodney, Leon, “"Ark of Return": The Permanent Memorial at the United Nations in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (New York City),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed September 25, 2020, https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1137.

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