9. American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial in Battery Park
The American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial was conceived in 1976 to commemorate the victims of a Nazi U-boat attack on a merchant vessel. While the sailors clung to their sinking ship, the Nazis heartlessly photographed them. Sculptor Marisol Escobar based the sculpture’s design on the photo and cast it in bronze. As the tide rises, the drowning figure is submerged in water as a reminder of the thousands of marine merchants who lost their lives in global conflicts.