Liberty Enlightening the World

By: Arya Badiyan

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Artist Statement

In this work, Lady Liberty is a Black woman who stands before the millions of Black lives that have been lost to slavery and injustice in this country. She is lighting the way and leading us forward. The piece also reflects the recent official acknowledgement that the original Statue of Liberty was made to honor the emancipation of the slaves. In fact, the original statue was supposed to be holding chains in her left hand. These chains were instead placed at her feet. This piece honors that history.