Emotional plan, presidential motivation and a reviving point of view on the New York horizon make for a capturing trio at the Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.
Sticking toward the southern tip of crooked Roosevelt Island on the East River, this astounding landmark praises America’s 32nd president and his State of the Union discourse of 1941. It is stunningly artistic in its scale and impact; a radiant stone vision structured by prestigious designer Louis Kahn in 1973, however just finished in 2012 – 38 years after Kahn’s passing.
A compass of fantastic, distinct advances lead up to an inclining triangular garden. Bordered by linden trees, the yard delicately spills down to a bronze bust of Roosevelt by American stone worker Jo Davidson. Confining the figure is a stone divider, hand engraved with Roosevelt’s animating discourse, in which he talked about the four basic human opportunities he wanted for the world: the right to speak freely, opportunity of love, opportunity from need and opportunity from dread. The divider likewise serves to isolate the bust from ‘The Room,’ a pondering rock porch sticking to the very tip of the island. The mix of lapping waves and drifting horizon are totally hypnotizing. Before the means close to the passageway to the recreation center, the gothic ruin of a nineteenth century smallpox medical clinic just serves to emphasize the contemporary design past.
Despite the fact that the F metro line will get you to Roosevelt Island, it’s considerably more fun getting the ethereal tramway vehicle, which floats over the East River, offering bird eye perspectives on the Manhattan horizon. The landmark is a 15-minute walk south of both the Roosevelt Island tramway vehicle and metro stations.