With an outpouring of public sentiment wishing to have input into monuments citywide, and Women’s History Month upon us, Women.NYC and First Lady Chirlane McCray and former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen announced the next four monuments as part of She Built NYC, an initiative to honor the trailblazing women who have helped shape New York City while addressing the absence of female statue in our public realm.
The monuments will include Billie Holidayto be near Queen Borough Hall in Queens, Elizabeth Jennings Graham in the Vanderbilt Avenue Corridor near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, and Katherine Walker at the Staten Island Ferry Landing in Staten Island.
Artist selection for each of these monuments will begin by the end of 2019, with artist selection concluding in the first half of 2020. The monuments will be built throughout 2021 and 2022.
Monumental Women’s Statue Fund has commissioned and endowed a monument in Central Park honoring pioneers in the battle for Woman Suffrage and the movement for women’s rights, scheduled for installation on August 26, 2020. (Stay tuned for time TBA)
Atlas: The Third Millennium 2016-1017 by Artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez in Marcus Garvey Park
With the temperature dipping to the mid-thirties, Atlas of the Third Millennium, along with its creator, the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, arrived for the installation in Marcus Garvey Park this past November.
Talking Statues originated with David Peter Fox in Copenhagen, using modern technology to give voice to historical statues in parks and plazas around the world. The project grew to include Helsinki, London, San Diego, Berlin, and Chicago, And finally, New York Talking Statues will launch on July 12th, 2017 at the New York Historical Society’s West 77th Street entrance. The project gives voice to more than thirty-five sculptures, eight of which are women, throughout the boroughs by way of cellphones. With so many sculptures in New York, the thirty-six statues were chosen by using three criteria. Historical statues, pertinent to New York City – statues erected by immigrants highlighting culture – and statues of artists who have contributed to this City.