This is a bronze sculpture casting by artist Steve Tobin of the roots of an old sycamore tree which had stood for nearly 100 years in yard at Trinity church in Lower Manhattan. The tree had been knocked down on 9/11 from the falling debris from the first tower collapse but its massiveness shielded the church from damage along with the many people inside who had taken refuge there that day. The first Trinity Church on this site had been built with the help of pirate Captain William Kidd, who had lived on Pearl Street. This is also the site where Alexander Hamilton is buried, along with the inventor of the steam engine, Robert Fulton and American naval officer Captain James Lawrence, famed for his dying words during the War of 1812, ‘Don’t give up the ship!'
May 25, 2017