A Refined YMCA

A Refined YMCA is inspired by Kara Walker’s sculpture, A Subtlety, the last tenant of the Domino Sugar Factory before its demolition. The developer Two Trees, who are commissioning the YMCA project, are also the ones who commissioned Walker’s sculpture. The realized building in the project made of the rearranged parts of the sculpture. Thus, by being embodied through Walker's sculpture, the project establishes a commentary that is tied to the site's link to sugar refinement's violent and exploitative history, and connects it to the YMCA's own role in configuring the contemporary American subject.