An architecturally designed sculpture embodying each affected region of the transatlantic slave trade – Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas - will be built on the grounds of the United Nations Headquarters.
The Design Competition
In partnership with the Permanent Memorial Committee and the Advisory Board Committee, an open international design competition will be administered through UNESCO's Headquarters in Paris.
The goal of this competition is to identify an outstanding artistic complement to the landscape of the UN Headquarters, an iconic site that will deepen, both visually and spiritually, the visitor's experience of this important environment. Through a collaborative effort, the Permanent Memorial Committee will develop its guidelines and establish a panel of internationally acclaimed design professionals, artists, and other relevant stakeholders to be jurors for this competition.
The winning design will be inherently egalitarian, expressing the cross-cultural and global impact of the slave trade, while honoring those who have died and those who have shared their struggle. Read More...