UN/ ARK OF RETURN

18-Mar-2015 00:01:42
The United Nations will unveil the “Ark of Return” at its headquarters in New York on 25th March. The ‘Ark of Return” is the Permanent Memorial in Honour of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Rodney Leon, an architect living and working in New York is the creator and designer. UNTV FEATURES
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STORY: UN/ ARK OF RETURN
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DATELINE: FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2.Close up, Rodney
3.Wide shot, Rodney in his office
4.Wide shot Rodney shows the cardboard model of Ark of Return
5.Wide shot, Ark of Return displayed at UN
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney Leon, Architect:
“As soon as we realized that we had won, we knew that there was going to be a lot of work that had to be done.”
7.Wide shot, crew delivers steel frame
8.Wide shot, Rodney taking photo on iphone
9.Close up, easing steel frame off truck
10.Wide shot, Peace Bell covered in snow
11.Med shot, stairs covered in snow, tilt up to tented construction site
12.Med shot, worker pulling up slab of marble
13.Med shot, worker at bottom securing chain
14.Wide shot, workers laying marble, measuring area
15.Close up, man drilling holes in marble slab
16.Med shot, two men working on drilling hole in marble slab
17.Med shot, workers on scaffolding
18.Pan right, architectural drawing
19.Close up, Trinity body being wheeled into tented area
20.Med shot, Worker moving sheet of wood
21.Med shot, uncovering Trinity body, Rodney looks on
22.SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney Leon, Architect:
“So, the Ark of Return was our attempt to develop a design which allows people, if they are not physically able to return, at least they can acknowledge the fact that people had suffered great tragic losses and experiences in order to make it possible for our lives to be where we are today.”
23.Close up, welding
24.Med shot, workers measuring steel frame to lay marble
25.Close up, shaving marble edge for precision
26.Wide shot, workers fitting pieces to steel frame
STORYLINE
The United Nations will unveil the “Ark of Return” at its headquarters in New York on 25th March, 2015 at 2pm. The ceremony is open to the public.

The ‘Ark of Return” is the Permanent Memorial in Honour of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Rodney Leon, an architect living and working in New York is the creator and designer of this stunning piece of art which is currently under construction. In 2013, Rodney’s design won from a pool of more than 300 contestants in a competition sponsored by UNESCO.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney Leon, Architect:
“As soon as we realized that we had won, we knew that there was going to be a lot of work that had to be done.”

Determined to meet a tight deadline – 25th March, the construction crew had no choice but to work through the harsh winter months to deliver the stainless steel frame, the base of the memorial to UN Headquarters.

A second team worked steadily to put together precisely cut marble slabs around the steel frame structure according to architectural specifications.

A body made from black Zimbabwe granite called the Trinity figure, was delivered to the site earlier this month. It represents the many men, women and children who perished on slave ships while crossing the Atlantic.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney Leon, Architect:
“So, the Ark of Return was our attempt to develop a design which allows people, if they are not physically able to return, at least they can acknowledge the fact that people had suffered great tragic losses and experiences in order to make it possible for our lives to be where we are today.”
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