Battery Park City, New York, New York
Teardrop Park (1999—2004) is a second project together with the landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Ann Hamilton. Here the artwork lies embedded within the physical and visual structure of rock, water, earth, and plant where three bluestone sections evoke a sense of geologic flux and transition between present time (now) and past time (then). While recalling a natural history of the Hudson River Valley, these sections might also recall the processes of quarrying or of stone masonry. But this stonework neither comes from nor belongs to any of those things. And because it was never any other built thing; the stonework is not a ruin.
Lift, thrust, fold, fault, drop, scrape, erode. The rendering of geologic incident throughout Teardrop Park is not anti-form but is also not yet or not quite form. It is a becoming of or coming to form that makes real our relation to landscape as well as our relation to art.
Related articles, writing and sites
A Chip Off the Old Park, by David W. Dunlap in The New York Times, September 30, 2004.
Art for Teardrop (unpublished statement) by Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil, March 2005.
Under Construction: Teardrop Park, Battery Park City, New York, NY, by Catherine Spaeth in Dialogue, The Art, Architecture and Design Journal of the Heartland, September-October 2003