Irish Hunger Memorial
Vesey Street and North End Avenue.
Effective August 8, 2016, The Irish Hunger Memorial will be closed to undergo waterproofing repairs and will reopen to the public in Spring 2017.
The Memorial represents a rural Irish landscape with an abandoned stone cottage, stone walls, fallow potato fields and the flora on the north Connacht wetlands. It is both a metaphor for the Great Irish Famine and a reminder that hunger today is often the result of lack of access to land.
The 96’ x 170’ Memorial, designed by artist Brian Tolle, contains stones from each of Ireland’s 32 counties, and is elevated on a limestone plinth. Along the base are bands of texts separated by layers of imported Kilkenny limestone. The text, which combines the history of the Great Famine with contemporary reports on world hunger, is cast as shadow onto illuminated frosted glass panels.
Download the Irish Hunger Memorial app for your mobile device and take a self-guided tour of this important Battery Park City landmark.
Designed by Brian Tolle, Opened in 2002
Note to visitors: this is a Dog-Free Park