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2011 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2011

Installation of The Passage: A Moving Memorial by Mary Miss

Installation of The Passage: A Moving Memorial by Mary Miss

Memorial Green, Staten Island Courthouse, 26 Central Avenue, Staten Island
A Project of the Department of Cultural Affairs' Percent for Art Program, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Mary Miss

Located on the site of the former New York Marine Hospital, Mary Miss's memorial commemorates the immigrants who were quarantined here between 1799 and 1858, many of whom were buried on the grounds that are now the Memorial Green. The memorial's 16 multifaceted stainless steel and red tempered glass columns contain inscribed glass panes that detail the history of the hospital. The columns are lined with mirrors that reflect and multiply the text to create an engaging, kaleidoscopic look at the immigrant experience. Lit by the sun during the day and internally illuminated at night, the columns emit a red glow, thereby marking the site and making visible a piece of New York's history. 

Design Team

Mary Miss Studio
Mary Miss, Artist; Belinda Kanpetch, Urban Designer; Lee Altman, Urban Designer; Lilly Tuttle, Historian; Thomas Bender, Historical Advisor

Ennead Architects
Susan Rodriguez, Design Partner; Joseph Fleischer, Management Partner; Joanne Sliker, Associate Partner; Ryan Hollien, Project Architect

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Kim Mathews, Principal; Daniel Yannaccone, Landscape Architect

Department of Cultural Affairs
Kate D. Levin, Commissioner; Margaret Morton, Deputy Commissioner; Andrew Burmeister, Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects; Sara Reisman, Percent for Art Director & Design Commission Liaison; Reina Shibata, Percent for Art Fellow

Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator
John Feinblatt, Criminal Justice Coordinator; Leslie Ramos, Executive Director of Operations

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Alfonso L. Carney, Jr., Chairman of the Board; Paul T. Williams Jr., President; John G. Pasicznyk, Managing Director, Downstate Construction; Matthew Stanley, Senior Environmental Manager; Cheryl Walsh, Construction Analyst

Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Edna Wells Handy, Commissioner; Theresa Ward, Chief Asset Management Officer