Liberty Island, New York, N.Y.: “Social  Justice Media”, winning design of the Liberty Museum International Competition by Korean and American Designers & Architects from EUS+ Architects & FOLIO



Friendly reminder:

On the chapter of “social injustice…”: Please NEVER forget that OUR iconic STATUE OF LIBERTY, unveiled on October 26, 1886, on Bedloe Island (today Liberty Island) in the port of New York City, was entirely paid for NOT by “greedy politicians or billionaires” but by the PEOPLE of France, and its pedestal by the PEOPLE of the United States of America including ordinary citizens just like us, new French-American, Francophone immigrants. E.J.

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Feb. 21, 2017: A banner reading “Refugees welcome” was put up illegally on the base of the Statue of Liberty Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The banner, 3 feet by 20 feet, was unfurled atop the pedestal around 12:50 p.m., according to National Park Service police. It was affixed to the outside of the public observation deck at the base of the statue by nylon rope. When alerted to the presence of the banner, park rangers immediately made their way to the location to assess how to get it down. They were able to remove it without damaging the monument.




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Design proposal for the Statue of Liberty Museum ‘points’ to social injustice in real time

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Though plans were approved in November for the $70 million FXFOWLE-designed Statue of Liberty Museum, Archasm recently launched a speculative design competition for the site. Titled “LIBERTY MUSEUM NEW YORK: Freedom to the people,” the timely contest sought proposals that focused on civil and social justice, and ArchDaily now brings us the winning design from EUS+ Architects‘ Jungwoo Ji, Folio‘s Bosuk Hur, and Iowa State University student Suk Lee. The Korean designers were inspired by candlelight marches against social injustice in their home country and created an architectural landscape of water droplet-shaped modules that respond to global issues in real time. When a tweet about “dire events” is sent to the museum, the modules receive an electronic signal and moves to point toward the geographic location mentioned.

LIBERTY MUSEUM NEW YORK: Freedom to the people, Social Justice Media, Statue of Liberty Museum, Jungwoo Ji, Bosuk Hur, Suk Lee, NYC design competition

The conceptual design is called “Social Justice Media.” As the designers explain, “the more inclined the unit tilts indicates the less human rights and social justice of the area.” But when not responding to a tweet on their projection surface, the modules all point upwards, demonstrating that “the human rights and social justice of the whole world are in good situation.”

To accommodate the landscape, the design team proposes removing a large chunk of Liberty Island to expose the water below.

As shown in the schematics above, stairs from the platform will lead to a secondary raised platform where visitors can enter the modules (though the renderings don’t seem to show any access points), which will function as museum, exhibition, action, and education spaces.

Though the designers don’t mention the water influence in their design, the fact the modules are shaped as droplets and rise between geometric platforms suspended above water, seems to be a nod to the oceans connecting us all globally. They do, however, discuss how their vision of “horizontality, collectiveness, diversity, and landscape,” deliberately contrasts with the Statue of Liberty, “a single, huge vertical monument.” And while the Statue’s torch refers to a shared idea, the hundreds of modules reflect various regions and values.


In troubled times… Who said laughter (and RESISTANCE) is the best medicine? E.J.

Letters to the Editor

February 15, 2017 1:21 PM

Statue of Liberty is so yesterday!


In this June 2, 2009 photo, the Statue of Liberty is seen in New York harbor. RICHARD DREW ASSOCIATED PRESS

It’s time for a makeover for the Statue of Liberty. The plaque at her base actually reads “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.” That is so last century. She needs to reflect who we are now, not who we were.

First, ditch the plaque and replace it with “Do Not Enter, No Trespassing.” Actually, the president needs to commission a new statue. Appearance is important in this new world order. Since arms and movies are some of our major exports to the world, we could have a statue depicting beauty and strength. How about a model type figure, showing some skin (think superhero costume) draped with ammo belts crisscrossing her chest and holding an automatic weapon. This would reference our exports.

She could be heavily pregnant. This would remind the world that our women are not just alluring, but can bear babies as well as arms… and that we don’t need immigrants, we can breed our own more perfect race. (We have to work on that, it sounds trite, a bit last century). He should also eliminate the Ellis Island immigration museum with all the photos of poor people who helped build this country. So yesterday!

Instead, an architect could be found to make a building suitable for the new world order. Perhaps, it could be missile-shaped, or something else appropriately honoring our brave and strong males. Inside would be showcased our latest newly welcomed citizens. The walls would be illuminated with brightly lit logos of all the major national and multinational corporations upon which the Citizens United decision has conferred person-hood. The entry sign for this new building could also look to the future while referencing our American musical heritage by proclaiming: “If you’ve got the money, honey, I’ve got the time.”

Yes, it’s high time for Lady Liberty to reflect who we are now.

Maryanne Owens