Memorial to the abolition
of slavery

Julian Border and Krzysztof Wodiczko



In Nantes, a memorial was created on the Quai de la Fosse, the docking-point for ships involved in the slave trade. The memorial was conceived as a meditative journey as part of a project by the Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko. The commemorative walkway is composed of a vast pedestrianised esplanade in which 2,000 blocks of glass, each bearing the name of a ship from the French slave trade, are randomly placed. The blocks are inserted into the walking surface.

Techniques :
Each block of glass contains a text in metallic letters.
A plate of brushed aluminium was laminated onto the bottom of each block, reflecting the natural light, adding to the sense of depth and creating individual reflections.
The blocks were each set in a metal housing that was sealed to the walking surface.

Caractéristiques : 2000 glass blocks inserted into the walking surface
Conception réalisation : Atelier Barrois
Architecte/artiste : Julian Border and Krzysztof Wodiczko
Maître d’ouvrage : Urban Community of Nantes