The public art installation Justice Reflected arose through a partnership between artist James Yaya Hough, the Battery Park City Authority, and the Art For Justice Fund.
The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) is a New York State benefit corporation charged with creating, planning, creating, and sustaining a balanced, 92-acre community of commercial, residential, retail, and park space on Manhattan’s lower west side. Home to a world-renowned public art collection, Battery Park City has a long history of works from a diverse range of artists that transforms public space, encourages social cohesion, and promotes awareness about cultural, environmental, and civic challenges. BPCA enhances this legacy by developing a pipeline of temporary public art to educate and inform the public.
James Hough of Pittsburgh is a mid-career artist whose work addresses topics of authority, confinement, oppression, and racial and political violence in the United States. As a teen, the artist began 27 years of incarceration, during which he honed his skills and deepened his wealth of historical, artistic, and philosophical knowledge. Hough’s most recent public art work, Justice Reflected, is a commission made possible through a partnership with the Art for Justice Fund in one of Battery Park City’s popular waterfront plazas. The colorful glass triptych interweaves imagery expressing despair, danger, hope, justice, and universal quests for liberty, offering powerful iconography of the best and worst of the human experience, beckoning viewers of all ages, and offering opportunities for reflection.