THE FREEDOM ALWAYS ANTI-SLAVERY MONUMENT OPPOSITE THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT D.C.
Artists's concept drawing : Paul-Felix Montez
The Washington Monument a symbol of U.S. power and a tribute to a great leader & lifelong slave owner.
Can the Inspiration for the Anti-slavery monument come not only from the pain, suffering, and deaths of millions against slavery but from one woman's feet? And from Our ultimate symbol of National pride, and promise too?”
The Statue of Liberty, national symbol wears shackles, leg irons?
Most Ameciansdo not know that the welcoming symbol torch of liberty and freedom held high is shackled, one enslaved, and now the chains have been broken but the shackles remain. Certainly, this was an artistic expression and gift to the nation from our role model of revolution and government France, but it is also somehow clearly ironic in this day and age, that it is a woman in leg irons. Our entire history of public monuments embracing this irony and contradictory nature which we have yet to sort out, in our daily lives with each other. A torch of liberty, freedom, and equality for all.
If Irony and duality dominate the public monuments representing us, why not simplicity and directness in our new age of "transparency". An age in public government and what it must do and stand for, for all it's people. The project was begun and online in Decemeber 2016, and fully launched January, 1, 2017.
How can we accept staying mired in ambiguity and veiled hints at what we know we are all capable of, yet putting up with the pain, suffering and violent nature of endless hatred, bias, and bigotry. What price or better yet, how does this profit our nation? Who profits from slavery, inequality, injustice, while sacrificing each individual 's potential, initiative, inventiveness, and capabilities worthy of a great nation. Our national effort towards humanitarian global leadership lies within us, for what is a nation without striving towards great ideals, aimless, empty and ultimately self-destructive? Make the stand real, become an Equalizer of dignity, Act Now!
Artist's Print Series Concept
The Proposed Anti-Slavery Monument would stand seventy feet tall on a 9-foot tall circular granite base. It would be made from Corten steel alloy, which has a natural rusting property to a deep brown and stops.
The circular base would have inset into it's side stainless steel lettering, each letter twelve inches tall, and in two lines which are offset from each other, center to center point and read
UNITED STATES FREEDOM ALWAYS MONUMENT * FREEDOM ALWAYS SOUGHT BY OUR VERY HUMAN NATURE
ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING * ANTI-CHILD LABOR * HUMAN RIGHTS * UNITED STATES ANTI-SLAVERY MONUMENT
This doubling of the wording for the monument creates a "think twice effect" or a more deeply reflected upon meaning f the words themselves in the viewer and gently leads them around the monument to view it from many angles. Presently project engineering & pricing is underway.
Artist and sculptor Paul-Felix Montez USA: “Everywhere I looked were endless war monuments, but how many for peace? How many stand for basic human rights? That was my start of this effort. What could they be” He brings over 35 years of creating large-scale sculptures, sets, special effects design in feature films, theme parks, and design. Recently he was flown to New York City to present his Peace Walkway art instalation monument project, an award-winning art project at the United Nations for World Peace Day September 2016. Topic: "How will arts and arts-related projects build peace in the 21st century, beyond borders". His fine art site: SculptureNew - Gary Jackson of Monumental Sculptures USA is a fabricator of large-scale sculptures in bronze and steel for public art installations worldwide. He handles all casting and manufacturing of the walkway plaques as well as this project. Site: MonumentalSculptures I want to thank so many other volunteers, who believe in this project deeply, for bringing it life.
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