UN Memorial

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.

To learn more about the murals and artist please visit the Joseph Norman Middle Passage: A Love Story Mural Project including images and videos on Facebook at the following URL. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joseph-Normans-The-Middle-Passage-A-Love-Story-Mural-Project/192305637505824?sk=videos)

Location

United Nations Building, New York City

 

Size

14,400 sf

 

Dates

2012

 

Team

Counts Studio

 

Joseph Norman

 

Leasa Fortune

 

Silman, Structural Engineer

Counts Studio UN Memorial Park Snow Rendering at Night with Winter Skating Rink
Counts Studio UN Memorial Park Design Meeting Photograph
Counts Studio UN Memorial Park Digital Model Schemes for Sculptural Wall
Counts Studio UN Memorial Park Digital Model Rendering
Counts Studio UN Memorial Park Rendering of Design Proposal
Counts Studio UN Memorial Park Artist Joseph Norman Working on Mural Drawings of the Middle Passage
Counts Studio UN Memorial Park Engineer's Sketch of Mural and Sculptural Wall Formation and Layering
Counts Studio UN Memorial Park Night Rendering