We are commissioning innovative visual artists to create a series of projections, holograms, light sculptures, videos and performances of New York’s founders. Their eventful life stories will inspire us 21st century city-dwellers.
Accompanied by lively recordings based on the experiences of the early settlers and the Munsee, Manhattan’s American Indians, Origins will provide visitors with a dynamic step back in time to the beginnings of New Amsterdam / early New York.
Starting in 2018 we'll commission, yearly, two visual artists to create a video, animation, projection, hologram, light sculpture, painting or performance inspired by one of NY's founders: Catalina Tricot and Joris Rapalje by a French and a Belgian artist, Anthony van Salee and Griet Reyniers for a Dutch/Moroccan artist, a Polish or Lithuanian artist for Asser Levy, etc. Leading up to 2025 the lives and legacies of 16 men and women who founded NYC will inspire us 21st century city-dwellers. Each year, on September 10, the artists of that year present their work in Downtown Manhattan. There is still plenty of opportunity for refinements and additions. The outdoor version in Battery Park, featured in the Origins video, is still on our drawing board - please subscribe to our newsletter for updates about this celebration of New Amsterdam/New York's legacy.
The original settlers of ‘Mannahatta’, or ‘Manahatouh’ in the Munsee language: ‘the place where we get bows’.
Henry Hudson dropped anchor in NY Harbor early September 1609 with his ship ‘Halve Maen’ (Half Moon).
New Amsterdam’s one-legged, powerful and last Governor.
Great-grandmother of over 1,000,000 Americans, with her Walloon husband Joris Rapalje.
Jewish activist, merchant, butcher and a successful mediator.
New Amsterdam’s notorious prostitute, wife of the Moroccan pirate Anthony van Salee, and related to the Vanderbilts.
Lawyer, landowner, writer and activist, whose nickname ‘Jonker’ lives on in the name of the city of Yonkers.
New York’s first non-native American settler, who lived on Manhattan in the winter of 1613.
Survivor of a public hanging, one of the first freed slaves in New York, and a pioneering farmer on what is now Washington Square Park.
A 17th century businesswoman. After her arrival in Flatbush (Brooklyn) with her minister husband Rudolphus in 1686, she set up a textile shop.
An influential business- and political figure who was pardoned shortly after being executed by the British.
From rags to riches: cook’s mate, clerc, very wealthy merchant, brewer, founding father of NYC.
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Origins will open at a fantastic indoor location in downtown Manhattan by the end of 2015 or early 2016. The outdoor version in Battery Park is stil...
Origins is presented by a spirited and strong group of American and Dutch partners. Come join us, together we will make this inspirational and timely legacy project happen.Join us!
Join our group of sponsors and let your company or institution benefit from the excellent PR opportunities Origins has to offer. We need your help to make this exciting legacy project a reality and look forward to discussing sponsorship, partnership and other collaborations. For more information on the enlightened Origins sponsor and partner benefits contact Evelyn Ellis or Gerard Jongerius at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit the form below.
Henry Hudson 500 Foundation, Demmerik 68, 3645 ED Vinkeveen, The Netherlands. email@example.com