Teardrop Park

Battery Park City, New York, New York
Completed 2004

Teardrop Park geologic section along north park pathway

Teardrop Park geologic section along north park pathway

Nothing, not even the wind that blows is so unstable as the level crust of the earth.
                                                                                                                                   Charles Darwin

The art at Teardrop Park (1999 – 2004) lies embedded within the physical and visual structure of rock, water, earth, and plant. 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 masonry. But this stonework neither comes from nor quite 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. Our rendering of geologic incident at 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.

Park location (upper left corner)

Park location (upper left corner)

Aerial view

Aerial view

Stone wall (left), tunnel entrance to south park (right)

Stone wall (left), tunnel entrance to south park (right)

North park marsh (left), south park pathway (right)

North park marsh (left), south park pathway (right)

Tunnel entrance facing north (left), south park play area (right)

Tunnel entrance facing north (left), south park play area (right)

South park play area

South park play area

North park

North park


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"Art for Teardrop (unpublished statement," Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil, March 2005.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