Production Language English
Country of Origin England
Description Arrivals + Departures is a large-scale public art installation that pays tribute to people—both those entering the world and leaving it. The work takes the recognizable form of a train station arrivals and departures board that displays names submitted by the public to celebrate a birth (arrivals), honor someone living, or commemorate a death (departures). Created by British social practice artist duo Yara El-Sherbini and Davina Drummond, the US premiere of Arrivals + Departures offers a timely platform to engage with the effects of Covid-19 and the continuing racial and social injustice within our communities. Through this act of naming, the interactive installation offers the opportunity to explore issues around birth, life, death, loss, and collective grief; to question and change who is honored through public statues and memorials. The outdoor installation transforms the everyday space of Brooklyn Borough Hall into a site of recognition and remembrance. The boards are accessible both in-person and virtually.