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EPOCH TRAVELERS

2015


Materials: Incised marble with enamel

Dimensions: 20 feet x 10 feet

Location:
P.S. 360Q, 112th Avenue Campus, St. Albans, Queens, New York City, New York

Commissioning Agencies: The NYC Department of Education and the NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools Program, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program

Fabricator: Exquisite Glass & Stone


The bones of an extinct mastodon surfaced during a 19th century dredging of Baisley Pond in New York City's Queens borough. This mastodon roamed the Pleistocene landscape, shaping its habitat while browsing for honey locust seed pods and socializing with other members of its group. Epoch Travelers, permanently installed at a new school in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens, is a tribute to long-gone ecosystems and a call to preserve wild animals presently in danger, especially large mammals killed for the most arbitrary of reasons. These important species should travel onward through time not merely as bones, but as successive generations of thriving, living beings.

Photographs of Epoch Travelers by Scott Lapham and Debora Dormody