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A Towering Statue Of RBG Was Just Unveiled In Downtown Brooklyn

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

A Towering Statue Of RBG Was Just Unveiled In Downtown Brooklyn

NYC is paying homage to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a permanent way this spring.

After many temporary tributes this past year, the Justice’s hometown just got a long-lasting feature of her in the form of a six-foot-tall bronze statue that was just unveiled this morning. The law icon passed away in September after a long battle with cancer.

The statue just went up at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn, a mixed-use development at 445 Albee Square. It is especially fitting since it is also Women’s History Month in March.

Since the statue is on view indoors, you will have to make a reservation to view it, which can be done right here.

“In her lifetime, Justice Ginsburg championed countless crucial causes,” said Chris Conlon, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Acadia Realty, partner in the City Point development. “This statue is just a small reminder that we all need to set the highest possible standards for ourselves and society.”  He continues, “From the people who work here, to the diverse shoppers and shopping at City Point, everyone feels welcome, equal and respected.  We are honored to have this great statue grace our property, and to bring Justice Ginsburg’s ‘pathmarking’ spirit back to Brooklyn to inspire us for generations.”

Courtesy Gillie and Marc

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who will also declare March 15th (what would have been her 88th birthday) “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Day” in Brooklyn, said: “No one can dispute the towering achievements of this judicial giant and the value of adding her likeness to the landscape of our city.”  He continues, “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.  We are pleased to champion these tributes to her commitment to justice, Brooklyn birthright, and enduring legacy.

The statue has been created by artists Gillie and Marc (who also made the enormous gorilla in Hudson Yards!), as part of their work to increase the City’s representation of women in public sculpture. Last year they created 10 different works, increasing representation from 3% to 10%, and now RBG will be the eleventh in the series.

featured image source: Courtesy Gillie and Marc

Notably, this is different than the statue Governor Cuomo promised when Ginsburg passed away earlier this year, which will likely be commissioned for Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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