VESSEY GREEN, BATTERY PARK CITY, NEW YORK
The Irish Hunger Memorial is a memorial and commissioned work of art consisting of a raised sloping concrete platform supporting vegetation, fieldstone walls and the roofless remains of a Famine Era cottage all relocated to the site from Ireland. The base of the memorial is composed of Connemara limestone alternating with bands of glass etched with text evoking the Irish Famine of the 1840’s. The plaza surrounding the memorial is also paved with Connemara limestone.
The project consists of fully waterproofing the slab to address severe and persistent through slab leakage. The raised portion of the memorial, including storage of large plants, is excavated. The concrete slab is exposed by cataloguing and storing the stone walls and a portion of the cottage base. The soil and reconstruction of the fieldstone walls will be reinstalled over new waterproofed cores. The plantings will be restored and new plantings will be added in conjunction with the landscape consultant. The original artist will be coordinated with to insure the continued integrity of the memorial.
Owner: Battery Park City Authority, One World Financial Center, New York, New York