A Four Story Interactive Public Art Installation is erected on Treat Place, Newark.

Image: “The facade’s mirrored structure in connection with Faa’Tina’s photograph, is a testament to the significance/monumentality of this moment, in this city,” said Chantal Fischzang. “We hope the design offers an experience of intentional representation — a reflection of one’s self and committed community.” Photo: Scheherazade Tillet

By Express Newark

Four Corners Public Arts (FCPA) is has just completed a new public artwork, Will You Be My Monument, located on Treat Place in the Central Ward of Newark, NJ. This artwork was conceived and created by Salamishah Tillet – Director of New Arts Justice, an Express Newark Partner Organization; Rutgers-Newark  Arts, Culture, Media Professor Chantal Fischzang, and photographer Scheherazade Tillet.

Will You Be My Monument was inspired by the City of Newark’s removal of the Columbus statue in Washington Park on June 25, 2020 and features a photograph by Scheherazade Tillet of Faatina, an eight-year-old Black girl who celebrated her eighth birthday in Washington Park that night.

This work is made up of reflective typography and acrylic mirrors that Chantal Fischzang designed to structurally connect the installation with the pedestal of the original monument and to reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the people of Newark.

The sheer size of this installation — a four story building — and its aesthetic gravitas greatly adds to the debates about monuments, racial representation, and social justice, while also enhancing contemporary conversations about the ongoing (in)visibility of Black girls and young women in the United States.