The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has selected Amanda Matthews/Prometheus Art to construct the Nellie Bly Monument on the northern end of Roosevelt Island at Lighthouse Park. The sculptural installation will be known as “The Girl Puzzle” and invites the viewer to experience many facets of Nellie Bly’s talent, conviction and compassion. The ground-breaking journalist and women’s rights advocate exposed the horrors of the Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in 1887 on Roosevelt Island.
Unveiling will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021 starting at Noon in Lighthouse Park. The monument unveiling will coincide with Human Rights Day, illuminating women who have endured hardship.
Can’t make the unveiling? Turn on CBS Saturday Morning on December 11th for a special segment with Natalie Fields and Cutia Bacon Brown.
Above and below are a few images of work in progress.