LIBERTY MUSEUM INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
AWARDS / FIRST PRIZE, 2016
LOCATION / NEW YORK CITY, NY
COLLABORATOR / JUNGWOO JI, PAUL LEE
SOCIAL [JUSTICE] MEDIA
This museum is not simply a place for citizenship and social justice in New York and United States even though this place is on the Liberty Island with Statue of Liberty in New York City. It is an architectural device that reflects in real time how human rights situation and justice of the world is working in people’s everyday life as well as the center for those activity. When people send a message (tweets) about the regional city human rights and social justice to this museum with smartphones, each unit connected wirelessly with the area receives the electronic signals and changes the unit itself angle by the mechanical system. The angle is towards that region. The more inclined the unit tilts indicates the less human rights and social justice of the area. The more changes will make the whole landscape of the Liberty Museum different continuously. Our wish is that these museum units are standing straight up all the way to the sky, that is the human rights and social justice of the whole world are in good situation. With this point, we call this Liberty Museum as ‘Social Justice Media’. It is a social media of a new style as an object which mutually reacts in real time, not merely an explanatory museum to go see the exhibits.
To the contrast of the Statue of Liberty which is a single, huge vertical monument of the former method, the new born ‘Social Justice Media’ has been generated by horizontality, collectiveness, diversity, and landscape. We propose a possibility at this place as new topological monument. The congestion of the NYC skyscrapers in the background associated with this place. If the torch of the Statue of Liberty has represented a single idea, hundreds of water droplets here are measuring sensors of diverse values and various regions. Visitors can experience this down here, even on the water surface, even above, among others, and each unit shows the situation of human rights and justice in each region of the world in real time on the projection surface.
The Liberty Island will now be an island of human rights and social justice not only in New York but also in the whole world.