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Invisible Man: A Memorial to Ralph Ellison

Photo of "Invisible Man: A Memorial to Ralph Ellison" sculpture

Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett, 2003
Riverside Park at 150th Street, Manhattan
Bronze, granite

This sculpture honors author Ralph Ellison, who lived opposite this park. It consists of a bronze monolith through which is cut the silhouette of a striding man --a literal allusion to Ellison's epic novel, Invisible Man. A quotation from the novel and biographical details relating to Ellison are inscribed in low-lying pink granite wall framing an oval landscape designed by Ken Smith.

Read the Historical Sign for Invisible Man

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