The Irish Hunger Memorial is the only structure in New York City that pays homage to and recognizes the devastating effects of the Irish Potato Famine. Visitors can find the Memorial in Battery Park City.
The architects wanted the Memorial to resemble and represent a rural Irish landscape. Therefore, the Irish Hunger Memorial features key aspects of Irish life during the potato famine, such as a stone cottage, stone walls, and a potato field. The architects deliberately made the Memorial look abandoned to symbolize lack of access to land.
The Memorial measures a grand 96 feet by 160 feet. Brian Tolle, the chief architect behind the Irish Hunger Memorial, implanted stones from all 32 of Ireland’s counties into the structure. He also designed a band of text that wraps around the structure. The text features first-person accounts from the potato famine, as well as different contemporary reports on worldwide hunger.