95 Morton St., NYC

This site was an empty commercial space in 2000 when its developer commissioned this installation for the after he saw my Urban Fossil series at a Chelsea gallery. The building is currently occupied by PayPal and other offices, and is part of the rapidly developing area just south of the High Line.


I constructed a curvilinear wall and art installation to welcome visitors into the lobby space, leading to a reception desk I made of black concrete. Along the wall, plaster castings of local manhole covers range in size and shape, due to the original uses of each cover. The castings are pigmented using the glass, metal, sand, tar, rocks, plastic and other items I collected while taking their original impressions. Some were made from covers dating from the 1800s which have since been paved over or removed by the city.