Lara Saget

"The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble"
Artistic Discipline: Visual Arts
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2021
Location: Brooklyn

'The Roots of Tuckahoe Marble' is an 8 foot-tall, public Tuckahoe marble, bronze, and glass sculpture, which will be installed in Clumber Corner on Prospect Street and Adams Street in Brooklyn, blocks away from Borough Hall, opening in May. The historic Tuckahoe Marble is sourced from a Marriott Suites construction site in Tuckahoe, New York. The site was a marble quarry for more than a century until it ceased operation. In the early 1800s, Tuckahoe marble became extremely popular as a building material for public buildings and other large installations. It was used to build Borough Hall, New York’s Federal Hall, the Washington Memorial Arch in Washington Square, Manhattan’s historic Marble Cemetery, and more. Today, the story of this historic Tuckahoe Marble is largely lost. What was once monumental in the end falls victim to time. This Tuckahoe Marble is encased inside of molten glass, generating a transparent, crystalline form. The form is embedded in a bronze cast piece of Pando found in Utah's Fishlake National Forest. Pando is the world's largest organism by mass, a forest of thousands of genetically identical quaking aspen trees, which all stem from a single root system. The glass and marble form merges with the bronze, uniting materials which rarely ever meet. This work suspends the marble structural foundation in glass, crystallizing its impermanence and the strength of the actual arboreal root system.

The sculpture is coupled with 'The Sound of Pando,' accessible through the scannable QR code printed on the NYC Parks sign. The sound is the electrical differential between the leaves and the roots of Pando translated into sound.