Memory Never Stands Still
Andy Goldsworthy's Garden of Stones is a living memorial to the Holocaust.
By Theodore Eisenman
Photo by Tom Powell Imaging, Courtesy the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Memorials have become an important component of our response to tragedy, and few events have inspired as many memorials and discussions
about the relationship between memory, place, and design as the Holocaust. With the September 2003 opening of Garden of Stones
at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, New York, a Holocaust memorial expands the language of conventional memorial
making. Created by environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, Garden of Stones is a granite-walled roof garden defined by 18 bouldersa
single dwarf chestnut oak (Quercus prinoides) sapling planted in the hollowed-out core of each rock. The interplay between massive
boulders and fragile saplings is Goldsworthy's allegory for the strength and resilience of the Jewish people and of life itself.
Goldsworthy conceived the idea while staying in a hotel on Broadway. "My room was high up in the building," he recalls. "I looked out the window of my room, and I saw a tree that had seeded itself, growing out of the side of the building opposite. It was for me a potent image of nature's ability to grow even in the most difficult circumstances."
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