Sunday, October 06, 2013

Ahoy, Ship of Tolerance

The "Ship of Tolerance" was plying the East River today, bringing a storm surge of empathy and multicultural spirit in its wake.

We heard that the the vessel was going to be moored off of Roosevelt Island's Four Freedoms Park this afternoon, so the kids and I braved the drizzly weather and went out for a look.

According to the New York Times, the Ship of Tolerance is an art installation "about acceptance, conceived by the husband-and-wife artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and featuring a wooden boat with paintings by New York City schoolchildren as sails."

What a delight to see this artwork in front of the United Nations building. Symbolism alert!

I love the message, though the fact the ship isn't seaworthy and has to be towed around on a barge would seem to undercut the effect.

Hope floats, but Tolerance looks like it would probably sink.