From the Ashes: Building a Memorial in the Shadow of the World Trade Center

Location: Sage 5711

Date: September 14, 2022

Time: 11:30 am - 1pm

The Irish Hunger Memorial is designed to raise public awareness of the events that led to the famine of 1845-52 and to encourage efforts to address current and future hunger worldwide. One and a half million Irish were lost through famine related death and the Diaspora. The design expresses a desire to react and respond to changing world events without losing its focus on the project’s commemorative intent.

Construction of the memorial began in March 2001. A major milestone in the project, the pouring of one million pounds of concrete, was scheduled for September 12, 2001. The memorial is located one block from the World Trade Center and was nearly destroyed by the events of September 11th. The artist will discuss the development of the memorial and its recovery after those tragic events.

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