Known as Triton’s horn, the Conch shell represents the hope that from distant shores comes the resounding blast, the trumpet call heard by the people of the Diaspora who will heed the call to action and assemble.

The Cowrie represents sacrifice paid. In days of old, the cowrie shell was used across Africa (and beyond) as a form of currency and trade.

As we have seen the growing debate about the value of Black lives and the often ignored contributions of our people, we hope to continue and facilitate this dialogue. We aim to further the understanding and to educate ourselves and others about the economic influences and contributions of the Diaspora.

The resulting form is an expression that draws formal inspirations from both the conch and the cowrie shells. The space within this folly will host educational exhibitions, a curated market and bazaar, and small group discussions.