Battery Park City Authority, the Art for Justice Fund, and the Ford Foundation have unveiled a trio of public mosaics at Esplanade Plaza in Battery Park City. Titled “Justice Reflected,” the mosaics are located on a 90-foot granite wall at the southern end of the North Cove Marina and were created by artist James Yaya Hough.
Hough was incarcerated for 27 years and now focuses his craft on raising awareness for people directly impacted by the justice system and inspiring hope for those reentering society.
“Justice Reflected builds on Battery Park City’s legacy as an international destination for meaningful world-class public art,” said B.J. Jones, president and CEO of Battery Park City Authority. “We are proud to display Hough’s inspiring work, and look forward to welcoming New Yorkers and visitors to view this poignant piece.”
The three window-like panels of Justice Reflected are arranged on five-foot circular medallions in the style of stained-glass windows, each presenting symbols related to the carceral system. While the imagery is somber, Hough has used bright, reflective colors to create a sense of optimism for the future.
“I envisioned and created a visual journey—one forged by my experiences and observations,” said James Yaya Hough. “I designed Justice Reflected for the wall in Battery Park City so that others can take this journey as well.”
The mosaics will be on display for one year. Battery Park City authority will also host community events with Hough and conduct educational outreach to expand the overall impact of the installation.