NAME : Reconciliation Triangle DATE : 1989, 2005 & 2009 CLIENT : LIverpool City Council, City of Richmond, Virginia, Republic of Benin Government LOCATION : Liverpool, Richmond Virginia, Benin Africa PARTNERS : Leander Foundry, Reconciliation Trust
The original Iron Reconciliation sculptures, erected in 1989 in Liverpool, Glasgow and Belfast are a powerful symbol of the way in which sectarianism can be overcome through the solidarity and youth of these three great cities on the Irish sea. See Reconciliation Project
These new Reconciliation Triangle bronze sculptures are identical apart from the addition of bronze low-relief designs, reflecting images and thoughts on the slave trade and its effect on the peoples of Africa, the Americas and Europe.
Initial design work was undertaken by a group of young people in Liverpool, working closely with Garry Morris, the curator of the world famous Liverpool Maritime Museum Slavery Exhibition, and were completed by selected young people from Benin and Richmond. The final sculpture, based on the designs was finished with the help of sculptor Faith Bebbington. The sculptures were then cast in bronze and shipped to Benin and Richmond. It was intended that in Liverpool the bronze reliefs would be mounted and exhibited adjacent to the existing Reconciliation statue.