March 2021: Hurricane Maria Memorial Unveiled
The Hurricane Maria Memorial is an ascending glass spiral, evocative of a hurricane as well as a shell, which is a symbol of protection for living organisms against a hostile environment such as extreme weather.
The Memorial enfolds and projects beams of bright blue, red, and orange sunlight on visitors. The spiral is topped off by the upward rotating star of the Puerto Rican flag, depicting hope rising from the devastation.
The glass panels, painted by Martorell, include the poem "Farewell from Welfare Island" by one of Puerto Rico's most beloved poets, Julia de Burgos.
Hurricane Maria Memorial Competition
Calling All Architects and Artists
The Hurricane Maria Memorial Competition is seeking an artist to design and execute the building of a new memorial to stand as an international symbol of the resiliency of the Puerto Rican community.
The Commission has identified The Esplanade and the Chambers Street Overlook in Battery Park City in New York City as potential sites for the Memorial.
Ongoing Efforts to Support Puerto Rico
We Stand With Our Brothers and Sisters Until the Job is Done
Since the hurricane's landfall in September 2017, Governor Cuomo has traveled to Puerto Rico five times and has continuously directed critical resources to communities in need.