Urban Mining

Urban Regeneration 2

East Tremont and Robert Avenues, Bronx, NY

Media: Structural Steel, Red Flame Lava, volcanic rocks from California; Coquina (Fossil rock)--an underwater formation from Florida; Quartz from Vermont; gray Limestone from the Delaware River Valley

Heavy twisted steel forms a unique synthesis with stones similar to those used as sculptural elements in Chinese gardens creating an urban garden, unpredictably assembled as metaphoric plants. The structural steel originated as cast-off industrial scrap, evidencing the vulnerability and relatively short life of these man-made structures. The stones are also sculpted by physical processes of the earth and the sea over millions of geological years. Together they evoke associations with the environmental threat now posed by the industrial culture.