2. Monument to a Missing Island

A common thread through many of my earlier works has been an exploration of the hidden, unseen, aspect of the physical world. More recently my work has investigated the reality of violence and how we become acculturated to it. In choosing the build a monument commemorating the destruction of Flood Rock, I hoped to address both of these issues.

Randall's Island and the East River as we know them today are the result of several centuries of manipulation and decisions by human to modify and "improve" upon the natural order. The existence of one Island today, Randalls Island, where previously there were two—Randalls and Wards Islands—is the result of massive energy and manpower carving and shaping the land. Likewise, the absence of the island known as Flood Rock from the East River today remains a lasting presence