40 cast concrete markers, each 22 × 14 × 6 inches
Installation at Collect Pond Park in Lower Manhattan
A Public Art Fund-sponsored installation on the site of the Collect, a buried pond in lower Manhattan, consisting of forty markers arranged in the shape of the pond as it appears on old maps. Each marker contains a relief cast referring to the natural and social history of the pond. Originally spring-fed and pristine, it was polluted by colonial industry and filled beginning in 1803. The title and inscription are taken from Thoreau’s Walden—“A field of water betrays the spirit that is in the air”.