This article appeared earlier this Summer at the New York Times and while it raises some interesting questions is answer NONE of them. The basic story is, some people have noticed that the gateway to an otherwise nondescript public park in Harlem features the veve of the Vodoun loa Erzuli rendered in iron. Though some posit that it’s just an abstract rendering of a heart. The reporter did a little investigating but could find no record of when the artwork was erected, who executed it, who commissioned it. Which is a bit strange in a metropolis like NYC at a site as public as a park. Perhaps folks DO know but ain’t saying. And as Erzuli’s the loa of love and beauty — what harm is there in her devotees discreetly practicing devotions there. All though I’d guess it’s more likely that the piece was erected as a tribute or offering for some large favor bestowed. When viewing the image of the gateway take care to note the parts of the image OUTSIDE the heart itself.
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thanks to Soror Amy for the tip!