A Piece of Ireland in New York City

When we visited New York City last month, my husband took us to this magnificent sculpture. It is situated at the corner of Vesey Street and North End Avenue, and yes, it is a sculpture. A one-half acre of massive land, rocks, stones and vegetation sculpture at Battery Park City. Brian Tolle is the artist whose work was to memorialize the Great Irish Famine that happened between 1845-1852.It stands so grand and proud as if it’s acting as an ambassador of the Irish immigrants who become a big part of New York City for so long.

The Irish Hunger Memorial is the most unique sculpture I’ve ever encountered. Its appearance is to resemble the Irish landscape with real rocks and stones, also plants from Ireland. At the base, there are writings of poems, quotes and sentiments that go around about the potato famine that consumed over a million people there. Winter Heather was blooming when we were there, and they’re so pretty moving with the cold wind that day. We went up to the peak of the sculpture where we could see New Jersey across the Hudson river.

 

Irish Hunger Memorial, NYC

Irish Hunger Memorial, NYC (2)

Irish Hunger Memorial, NYC (3)

Writings on Irish Hunger Memorial

Irish Hunger Memorial, NYC (4)

Irish Hunger Memorial, NYC (5)

Winter Heather at Irish Hunger Memorial

The corner of Vesey St. & North End Ave,

Irish Hunger Memorial, NYC (6)

Irish Hunger Memorial, NYC (7)

Irish Hunger Memorial

 

My children with the view overlooking New Jersey

At the top of Irish Hunger Memorial

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