В этом году Статуя Свободы в Нью-Йорке празднует свое 130-летие. В связи с этим организаторы конкурса предлагают архитекторам, дизайнерам и художникам со всего мира представить свои идеи по созданию Музея свободы, который мог бы стать символом социальной справедливости и гражданских прав. Музей должен иметь современный, уникальный облик, при этом вписываясь в существующий контекст острова Либерти, где находится статуя.
Liberty Enlightening the World (Statue of Liberty), is a colossal statue given to the United States by France in 1886, standing at Liberty Island, New York in the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbour. The statue is the symbol of civic freedom to the people of the world, since the civil war in USA. The broken shackles on the feet of the statue asks people to be free from oppression and resistance. Designed by Frederic Bartholdi, the statue was a modern day rendition of Roman goddess Libertas, who represented freedom from tyranny and oppression.
As the Statue of Liberty nears its 130th anniversary, the competition seeks to create a LIBERTY MUSEUM on the site of the legendary Statue of Liberty National Monument, located on Liberty Island in New York Harbour.
The museum should strive to create a new-world ideal and symbol for the cause of civil rights and social justice. The museum should become an icon that would generate mass awareness on the aforementioned issues and provide an interpretive learning experience for the visitors on various aspects and events of the civil rights movement, becoming a ‘virtual epicentre’ for the resistance against tyranny.
The architectural expression of the museum should be innovative, dynamic, accessible and contemporary. The aesthetic quality of the museum must be profound, powerful enough to teleport the visitor into another world. The spatiality and circulatory flow must be immersive and interesting, branching out beyond just organised space. It should not only provides the material built contexts within which museums exist, but also add meaning to the objects and interactions in the ‘spaces of encounter.’ The museum should also respect the strong context around it, merging with the existing envelope, yet managing to create its own presence.
The museum should aim to increase the visitor capacity to the Liberty island, adding a wide range of activities and programs (galleries, theatre, data centre, library, plaza, outdoor performance area etc.) which would increase the exchange between different people. The museum should strive to provide a multi-cultural and ethnic platform to the visitors, making it a socially active zone.