Bronze statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg unveiled in downtown Brooklyn

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS MAR 12, 2021  3:50 PM
 

A 7-foot-tall bronze statue honoring late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was unveiled Friday morning in her proud Brooklyn hometown.

Borough President Eric Adams and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn) pulled a sheet off the 650-pound sculpture in the lobby of downtown Brooklyn’s City Point shopping center as cameras clicked.

“She kept that Brooklyn pride and stride as she sat on the bench,” said Adams. “She made it clear — right out of Midwood — that she was happy to be a Brooklynite.”

A group of judges from Brooklyn and Manhattan pose with a new statue created to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at City Point in Brooklyn on Friday. (Barry Williams)

A group of judges from Brooklyn and Manhattan pose with a new statue created to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at City Point in Brooklyn on Friday. (Barry Williams)

Brooklyn is returning the love. Her March 15, 1933 birthday will now be celebrated as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Day in the city’s most populous borough.

The liberal icon, who authored groundbreaking opinions and withering dissents during a 27-year run on the nation’s high court, died Sept. 18.

The statue, crafted by Australian artists Gillie and Marc Schattner, was planned before the justice’s death, and she was aware of the project, said Erica Roseman, a spokesperson for City Point.

A new statue honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pictured at City Point in Brooklyn on Friday. (Barry Williams)

A new statue honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pictured at City Point in Brooklyn on Friday. (Barry Williams)

The sculpture, made in Australia and then shipped to New York, shows the bespectacled Columbia Law graduate standing in a judge’s robe, her hands clasped together.

The second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg proved a powerful voice for gender equality.

“Her work is not over,” Bichotte said. “We must continue championing women’s rights. Gender bias is still alive and well — even in our progressive city. We must carry Justice Ginsburg’s torch of justice.”

Natoya McGhie, president of Brooklyn Women's Bar Association, poses with a new statue honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at City Point in Brooklyn on Friday. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

Natoya McGhie, president of Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, poses with a new statue honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at City Point in Brooklyn on Friday. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)

The artists’ new work is one in a series honoring women. The project is intended to offer some balance in a city where depictions of men make up the vast majority of statues.

“With the two steps on its large base representing the Supreme Court and the climb she made to get there, the work is designed to provide the public with an opportunity to stand at her side, and gain inspiration from her journey fighting for equal rights,” the artists said in a joint statement.

Previous sculptures by the pair include likenesses of talk show host Oprah Winfrey, actress Nicole Kidman and Olympic gold medallist Gabby Douglas.

Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, state Assembly member, and Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough president, unveil the statue of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at City Point on Friday.. (Barry Williams)

Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, state Assembly member, and Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough president, unveil the statue of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at City Point on Friday.. (Barry Williams)



Beginning Monday, the statue of Ginsburg will be available for daily viewing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to City Point.

“Her remarkable legacy, her profound sense of justice, and her unwavering desire to do what is right will forever serve as inspiration,” State Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.

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