New York Art@Site Steve Tobin Trinity Root

Steve Tobin


Trinity Root

St. Paul's Chapel
In 2005, Tobin installed what is perhaps his best known work, Trinity Root, at St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan, New York City. During the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the chapel had been partly shielded from damage by a 70-year-old sycamore tree. He created a bronze sculpture of the tree's stump and roots, which now sits in front of the church on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway. Tobin financed the $330,000 sculpture himself, taking out a home equity loan to do so.
Trinity Root, 2005. Steve Tobin, b. 1957. Patinated bronze, 12-1/2 feet high x 20 feet wide. Gift of the artist. This sculpture is cast from the roots of the sycamore tree that was stricken by flying debris on September 11, 2001 in the churchyard behind St. Paul's Chapel at Broadway and Fulton Street. Tobin created the bronze sculpture from 300 individual casting of the tree's roots to commemorate the events of September 11. The sculpture was dedicated here on this site on September 11, 2005. The original sycamore roots, painstakingly preserved by Tobin with the help of tree experts, now rest permanently in the St. Paul's Chapel churchyard.