Statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg coming to Downtown Brooklyn next year

Posted On Thu, October 15, 2020 By

Posted On Thu, October 15, 2020 By In Art, Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn

Rendering courtesy of Gillie and Marc

Another statue of the late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is coming to Brooklyn next year. After Ginsburg’s death last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to honor the New York City native with a statue in the borough, likely in Brooklyn Bridge Park. And last week artists Gillie and Marc Schattner announced plans to install another statue of Ginsburg at mixed-use development City Point in Downtown Brooklyn.


Rendering courtesy of Gillie and Marc

Gillie and Marc last summer unveiled their “Statues of Equality” project in Midtown, which includes 10 bronze sculptures of inspirational women chosen by the public to be honored. When the series of statues were installed last year, the percentage of statues in New York City that were of women increased from 3 percent to 10 percent, according to the artists.

While the duo had intended to install the six-foot bronze sculpture of Ginsburg this summer at City Point, the statue will now be unveiled on March 15, 2021, in commemoration of Women’s History Month and Ginsburg’s posthumous 88th birthday.

“We had the honor and privilege to create Justice Ginsburg’s likeness in everlasting bronze as a part of Statues for Equality. The final statue, which she endorsed, reflects her wish to be depicted in a dignified manner,” Gillie and Marc said in a press release.

“With the two steps on its large base representing the Supreme Court and the climb she made to get there, the work is designed to provide the public with an opportunity to stand at her side, and gain inspiration from her journey fighting for equal rights.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will also declare March 15 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Day in Brooklyn. Mayor Bill de Blasio last month officially renamed the Brooklyn Municipal Building after Ginsburg, an effort that had been pushed by Adams for the last two years.

“No one can dispute the towering achievements of this judicial giant and the value of adding her likeness to the landscape of our city,” Adams said in a statement. “There is nothing more fitting than to have the sculpture and, one of the most important buildings in our borough, the Brooklyn Municipal Building, named after this beloved trailblazer.”

On Wednesday, Cuomo appointed a 23-member commission to oversee the creation of the state’s Ginsburg memorial. Members of the commission include Ginsburg’s daughter Jane, grandaughters Clara Spera and Mimi Ginsburg, Jodie Cohen, the principal of James Madison High School (the Midwood school Ginsburg attended), and others with a connection to the late justice. Five honorary members of the commission include Hillary Clinton, Janet DiFiore, Letitia James, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Gloria Steinem.

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