Wednesday March 25 2015 was the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade. We are pleased to announce that the ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial was unveiled as part of the days events. The ‘Ark of Return’ is a memorial that will be permanently on display at the Plaza at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial honors lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. Please see below for some photographs from the unveiling.
AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon.
Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee
Architect: Rodney Leon Architects
Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers
Structural Consultant: Robert Silman Associates
MEP Consultant: Morozov PE
Water Feature Consultant: Delta Fountains
Unveiling of Monument by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
View of memorial looking east towards the east river
View of memorial entrance looking south
Niche within the monument that holds human sculpture, called ‘the trinity figure’
‘the trinity figure’ representing the human spirit and the spirit of the men, women and children of African descent whose deaths resulted from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
View of memorial looking north