Liberty State Park, Jersey City
Along the coast where the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay meet. The park is just a mile from the widely recognized landmarks of The State of Liberty and Ellis Island and they are visible across the river. The park was formed by the neighboring island, known as “Black Tom”. The Lehigh Valley Railroad had owned the land at the time and decided to connect it to the rest of the state. They added a railroad, but later decided that was not enough. The company decided to expand the island by filling in the area to make it part of the mainland of New Jersey, along with what is now known as Liberty State Park, a common destination for public recreation! The park is known as being home to the “Empty Sky” memorial and Liberty Walkway.
Solar Flare Wind Sculpture stands tall at the Liberty Walkway
“Empty Sky” memorial to 9/11 was designed by architect Frederic Schwartz. It was built in 2011 for the ten year anniversary of the attacks. Two walls, each 30 feet high, are placed parallel for 208 feet, which create a path that focuses where the World Trade Center towers once stood. The name is taken from the Bruce Springsteen song, “Empty Sky”, as the towers reflect the emptiness in the sky now that the twin towers are no longer there. Engraved are the names of 746 people from New Jersey who were lost in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, as well as the 9/11 attacks to the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.
The Hudson River Walkway is on the west coast of the Hudson River. It covers over eighteen miles. It is a popular bike route, and is free at all times for the public to experience and appreciate. The portion of the walk way that falls inside of Liberty State Park is called the Liberty Walkway. Along the path, one may find a private bridge to Ellis Island, a State of Liberty Observatory, a memorial to the Black Tom Explosions during World War I, play grounds, and picnic grounds. In 1995, the Liberty Walkway was awarded for it’s intricate landscape.
Throughout the entire duration of the Liberty Walkway, the eye-catching Statue of Liberty can be seen, hence the name “Liberty Walkway”. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France in 1886 and has had over 3 million visitors since.
The authentic design became a worldwide symbol of freedom, as France helped to hold the torch for the United States, to light the way towards Liberty. Hypnartic Artwork was honored to stand near Lady Liberty, adding a new element of art and freedom to Liberty State Park and all it has to offer.