De­sign for new Statue of Lib­erty Mu­seum un­veiled

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Ula Il­nytzky

A new mu­seum that seem­ingly rises out of the ground will re­place the small ex­hi­bi­tion space in­side the pedestal of the Statue of Lib­erty, its grass roof blend­ing with the land­scape and af­ford­ing sweep­ing views of the iconic sym­bol of hope and free­dom and New York Har­bor.

Officials on Thurs­day un­veiled the de­sign for a new Statue of Lib­erty Mu­seum at a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony on Lib­erty Is­land, which sees 4.3 mil­lion vis­i­tors each year.

Slated to open in 2019, the 26,000-square-foot build­ing, con­structed of glass, gran­ite and con­crete, will be sited across the cir­cu­lar plaza from the statue.

Ar­chi­tect Ni­cholas Gar­ri­son said the goal was to de­sign a build­ing that didn’t com­pete with the statue and wasn’t the first thing vis­i­tors saw as they dis­em­barked the ferry.

“We wanted to make sure our build­ing didn’t im­pede the ex­pe­ri­ence,” Gar­ri­son said.

De­signer Diane von Fursten­berg is lead­ing the fundrais­ing for the $70 mil­lion project, $40 mil­lion of which has been raised, said

Stephen Bri­g­anti, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Statue of Lib­erty-El­lis Is­land Foun­da­tion.

The an­gu­lar-shaped mu­seum, in­spired by the wa­ter’s edge, has a mon­u­men­tal stair­case that rises to the rooftop, fea­tur­ing a paved ter­race and grassy sur­face meant as a habi­tat for mi­gra­tory birds.

The green roof plays off the idea that it’s an ex­ten­sion of the park, said Gar­ri­son, a part­ner at FXFOWLE

and the project’s de­signer.

“It’s as if the mu­seum had been lifted out of the ground and the ground goes with it,” he said.

The mu­seum en­trance is half­way up the steps, where it opens up into a wide pa­tio.

“It’s also a nat­u­ral grand­stand for an event that could hap­pen in the plaza,” Gar­ri­son said, adding that the roof and steps could also be a stage for a per­for­mance.

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