Root: Root Sculpture Commemorates 9/11
11, 2005 19:40 PDT
Cnn Headline news was an interesting video relating to trees:
Root sculpture commemorates 9/11 (2:31)
The 'Trinity Root', an artist's memorial sculpture of the tree
that shielded St. Paul's Chapel from harm on September 11, 2001,
is unveiled. (September 11)
Artist Steve Tobin narrates a 2:31 video available online at
A sycamore tree shelter St. Paul's Chapel from the blast created
by the falling towers. The tree itself was ripped out of the
ground. The artist made a mold of the stump from the tree and
with other tree segments made a large sculpture called Trinity
Root to stand as a testament to life, humanity and the positive
response to the catastrophe. It shows him making molds, and
casting the sculpture in bronze. It is pretty interesting - As
ENTS we are supposed to celebrate trees in art and this is an
excellent example. The video clip is available online from the
above address or directly at:
It is in Windows Media 9 format.
12, 2005 16:30 PDT
the Lower Manhatten info website:
September 9, 2005
For the past several months, artist Steve Tobin and his team of
have been working on a bronze casting inspired by the remaining
root of the 70-year-old sycamore tree that shielded St. Paul's
against falling debris during the collapse of the twin towers.
Recently, the finished three-ton sculpture, known as Trinity
hoisted by a crane into the courtyard of Trinity Church, the
parish that operates St. Paul's. On Sunday, September 11, a
place from St. Paul's to Trinity Church for the dedication of
sculpture. Visitors were able to walk through the sprawling root
which are 20 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 12.5 feet tall.
"It's an interactive sculpture that allows people from
tradition they might have to interact with it," says Rev.
Dr. James Cooper,
rector of Trinity Church/St. Paul's Chapel.
While the sculpture was not intended as a memorial, Cooper adds,
certainly is a memorial in the sense of that its roots are in
experience. At the same time, it's looking to the future in
hopes of peace
and reconciliation and eternal life for all."
In the days after 9/11, Tobin saw a report about the sycamore on
it gave him the inspiration for the project. He is known for his
sculptures, which are cast in bronze and finished with a
The project also appealed to him because he enjoys working with
forms in sites that are connected to historic events. In 2007,
nature-inspired sculptures will be the first-ever art
Stonehenge Monument in England.
"Another thing that I am trying to do with my sculpture
[Trinity Root] is
bring to light the unseen," Tobin says. "We look at,
for example, trees,
but we don't think about the part that is not visually apparent.
sculpture is about the power of the unseen and the strength
surface. It's really not about a tree. When you look at this
piece and look
away, I would hope that people think about things that are not
The artist, Steve Tobin, inside his work
Last July, Tobin, whose sculptures have been shown at the
of Natural History and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
Cooper to borrow the 600-pound stump and its remaining roots to
casting in his Pennsylvania studio. The artist also worked with
experts to help preserve the original stump, which was returned
to the churchyard at St. Paul's, the oldest public building in
use in Manhattan.
"The stump at the top [of the sculpture] is exactly as it
was. It was
modeled after the tree that saved the church," says Tobin,
who financed the
entire project, which is estimated to cost $330,000. "But
about 95 percent
is my own fabrication and composition. And there are different
that are meant to suggest and evoke different things that I am
in. For example, the legs are very animated as if they are
around. It's very much about life."