Daily Photo Challenge ~The Artist’s Eye

Destination and Desperation

When in New York City last week, I saw so many amazing sights and sounds. But one of my favorite was of this statue which was designed by Luis Sanguino. It’s a statue depicting the immigrants arriving in America. Ellis Island is just across the waterway as is the Statue of Liberty. I love the passion of the sculpture…and the story of stories it depicts of people finally arriving at their destination. The adversity overcome gives birth to the incredible joy or reaching the goal, the destination. Wrote a poem, but the photo is definitely worth a thousand words. If you visit NYC, be sure to see the statues at Battery Park. They’re very moving.

The Long Way Home

Passion breaks forth in stone
Telling stories of those who have traveled
from distant lands
in times long past
to a place of great diversity and opportunity
Desperation meets destination
Immigrants’ imagination gives way to
solid ground, city sounds, and the reality that
the journey ends here
and the journey begins here
They are finally
Home.

(Below is an excerpt from the internet describing the statue depicted in the photo.)
“Sculptor Luis Sanguino (b. 1934) celebrates the diversity of New York City and the struggle of immigrants in this heroic-sized bronze figural group. The sculpture depicts figures of various ethnic groups and eras, including an Eastern European Jew, a freed African slave, a priest, and a worker. The figures’ expressive poses emphasize the struggle and toil inherent in the experience of the immigrant or dislocated person.”

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