NYC – Trinity Church – Trinity Root
Image by wallyg
Steve Tobin’s three-ton bronze sculpture, known as Trinity Root, was dedicated in the courtyard of Trinity Church on September 11, 2005. Soaring 18 feet in the air and spreading more than 25 feet across the couryard, visitors are able to walk through the undulating root branches.
The cast was inspired by the 70-year old sycamore tree that shielded St. Paul’s Chapel , operated by Trinity Church, against falling debris during the collapse of the Twin Towers during the attacks of September 11 The tree became a potent symbol of sacrifice in the aftermath.
Tobin first approached Trinity Church officials with the idea shortly after 9-11, but the church was parish was too overwhelmed with rescue efforts. In the spring of 2004, new rector Reverend James H. Cooper reconsidered the idea and allowed Tobin to truck the 600-plus pound stump and its remaining roots bck to his Bucks County studio to begin casting. Afterwards he treated the stump for preservation and returned it to the churchyard at St. Paul’s.
Tobin, who self-financed the piece, is best known for his root sculptures–normally cast in bronze and given a woodlike patina.