Reconciliation Memorial (Cotonou, Republic of Benin)

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Title

Reconciliation Memorial (Cotonou, Republic of Benin)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Transatlantic Slave Trade
Middle Passage
Public art
Public sculpture
Benin
Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

The bronze torsos of two abstracted figures, engaged in a tight embrace, emerge from a rectangular bronze base. Unlike its Liverpudlian counterpart, this work includes the addition of bronze low-relief designs, reflecting images related to the slave trade, including cotton plants, chains, and industrial factories.

Creator

Broadbent, Stephen

Source

Broadbent Studio

Contributor

Republic of Benin Government; Faith Bebbington (the sculptor who assisted in the production of the finalized sculptures); The initial design work for the sculptures was undertaken by a group of young people in Liverpool, working closely with Garry Morris, the curator of the Liverpool Maritime Museum Slavery Exhibition, and were completed by selected young people from Benin and Richmond.

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Alternative Title

Reconciliation Triangle

Date Created

2005

Has Part

Inscription on base:

"Reconnaissons et pardonnons le passé

Célébrons le présent

Construisons l'avenir dans

la réconciliation et la justice.

Acknowledge and forgive the past

Embrace the present

Shape a future

of reconciliation and justice."

Has Version

One other identical version of this work exists in Richmond, VA

Extent

144'' (365.76 cm)

Medium

Bronze

Bibliographic Citation

Stephen Broadbent, "Reconciliation Triangle," Broadbent Studio. Accessed April 11th, 2019, https://broadbent.studio/reconciliation-triangle-casestudy

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Physical Dimensions

144'' (365.76 cm)

Citation

Broadbent, Stephen, “Reconciliation Memorial (Cotonou, Republic of Benin),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed January 27, 2023, https://slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1139.

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