Shirley Chisholm monument designs: New Yorkers asked to give feedback

Five designs are in the running for a new monument of former New York Rep. Shirley Chisholm in Prospect Park.

The monument is the first to be commissioned by the She Built NYC initiative, which aims to create more statues to memorialize women who have had lasting impacts on the city. There are currently only a handful of statues of real women in the five boroughs. 

Chisholm, a Brooklyn native who became the first black congresswoman, was selected to be the subject of the first She Built NYC monument after more than 2,000 nominations from the public.

Now, New Yorkers are invited to give feedback on the designs until Sunday, March 31, at women.nyc. The artists were chosen in January at a Percent for Art panel, run by the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the winning design will be selected in early April. 

The monument is expected to be ready by the end of 2020 and will be placed at the Parkside Avenue entrance to Prospect Park. It is part of a $9.5 million restoration of the Parkside and Ocean Avenue perimeters. 

Scroll down to see the designs and read excerpts from each artist’s statement. 

Nicole Brown