Sri Pada;
Crotona Park

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1998. Dimensions: 2' diameter; Bronx, NY.

This was one of the first pieces where I started to freely incorporate the iconography of Buddhism; a philosophy that had been informing much of my earlier work. The Sri Pada, or "Sacred Feet," is one of the most sublime Buddhist symbols. It evokes feelings of both presence and absence. I decided to make them out of gravel, without any binder, to make them even more impermanent. They were placed in various locations. This one was in Crotona Park, in the Bronx, the borough where I lived when I first came to NY. I was later informed by local residents that people greatly identified with the piece and respected it, and that if it weren't for the fact that people jogged through there at night, it would have probably lasted longer.

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