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Public Art Opening: Kenseth Armstead, Washington 20/20/20

Thursday, September 6, 2018

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.

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Kenseth Armstead’s Washington 20/20/20 is on view at the 14th Street plaza in Union Square Park.

Presented in collaboration with NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and the Union Square Partnership, the sculptural form was composed as a companion to the first sculpture on New York City parkland, the George Washington Statue in Union Square. The design of the work is taken from the elaborate frescoes of Tiebele, Burkina Faso, the royal court of the Kassena people, where every home is hand-painted. Washington 20/20/20 transforms the two-dimensional marks into translucent perforated steel forms on a two-ton angle iron steel frame.

Washington 20/20/20 is an African architectural adornment to the solid granite base of the existing park monument. The work references the 20% of the colonial population that were enslaved Africans; the 20,000 slaves in New York State in 1776 when Washington retreated from New York City; and the 20% of Washington’s continental army that was African at Yorktown, Virginia, where he was able to defeat the British in 1781.

This event is free and open to the public.


George Washington Statue in Union Square Park
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Located at the southern Union Square Park plaza on 14th Street, at the monument of George Washington.



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