Mural in New York Expresses Freedom Through Art

Dorothy Iannone creates a large-scale mural installation at 22nd Street, New York. Commissioned by High Line, Iannone’s mural features three colorful Statues of Liberty: I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door, 2018.

Dorothy Iannone, I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door, 2018. A High Line Commission. Photo by Timothy Schenck.

Iannone’s vibrant Liberties bring a bit of joy to an often exhausting and demoralizing political debate.

The artist has started working on the project before the whole upheaval around immigration in the United States. Today, a heated topic worldwide, the Statue of Liberty is raised again as a symbol of freedom and the openness of New York City and the United States to those seeking asylum, freedom, or simply a better life.

Dorothy Iannone, I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door, 2018. A High Line Commission. Photo by Timothy Schenck.

“My first Statue of Liberty painting in 1976 presented a mighty woman with a torch who had, historically, in the feminine spirit of generosity and compassion, lifted her lamp before the golden door and offered welcome to the poor and tired of the world, yearning to breathe free,” says Iannone.

Dorothy Iannone, I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door, 2018. A High Line Commission. Photo by Timothy Schenck.

Today, Iannon’s statues of Liberty are crying as they respond to the violence or indifference toward the pain of the others, and to the lack of recognition of their humanity.

 

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