The Norman Foster Foundation is working with British contemporary artist Marc Quinn on a major non-profit public artwork aimed at increasing awareness for the global refugee crisis.
The project, which was created in collaboration with refugees, will debut on the steps of The New York Public Library in fall 2019, to be followed by a tour of cities around the world.
Inspired by the nearly 68.5 million people who have been forced from their homes globally, ‘Odyssey’ is a direct challenge to the divisive conversations currently driving refugee and immigration debates and policy decisions.
As a collaborative sculpture consisting of two substantial, identical cubes of frozen human blood – one composed of donations from approximately 2,500 resettled refugee volunteers and one composed of donations from approximately 2,500 non-refugee volunteers – ‘Odyssey’ is meant to demonstrate the basic idea that we are all connected by our humanity.
The two cubes of frozen blood will be publicly displayed in bespoke refrigeration units housed in a pavilion designed by British architect Norman Foster with the Norman Foster Foundation.
‘Odyssey’ will debut in fall 2019 in New York City – a city built on immigration and the ideals of freedom, acceptance and diversity – at The New York Public Library, which since its inception has worked to make knowledge, education and opportunity accessible to all.