Inside Kadir Nelson Unveiling at World Trade Center 3
WTC 3 is getting its first art installation since opening last summer and will use this historic occasion to celebrate an African-American hero and artist who never stop, never settle.
Artist Kadir Nelson sculpted “The MAJOR” — championing the spirit of Marshall “Major” Taylor who made history competing in a six-day race at Madison Square Garden in 1986 to become the first African-American world champion cyclist (second AfAm world champion in any sport).
More than 100 years after the Major’s six-day ride, Kadir Nelson’s modern-day sculpture immortalizes his infinite determination on one of the city’s biggest stages, the World Trade Center, an elite destination for millions of travelers from all over the world. The MAJOR was commissioned by Hennessy in 2018 to memorialize the achievements of Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor, part of the debut of the brand’s latest Wild Rabbit campaign that celebrates the theme of pushing one’s potential through stories of extraordinary individuals like Taylor.“The Major” will be displayed starting later this year near the north entrance of 3 World Trade Center, with the Oculus and National 9/11 Museum in the background.