Walking Roots, 2002
cast bronze
96 x 169 x 154 inches
Loan courtesy of the artist

Steve Tobin’s Walking Roots, 2002, converts facets of nature into sculpture. Drawing on his interest in history and the natural world, Tobin is inspired by the power and wonder of ancient structures at Easter Island, the Giza Pyramids and Stonehenge. This work is a replica of its underground root system, created when Tobin excavated a dead oak tree on his property. Cast in bronze and then reassembled with the help of an archaeologist, Walking Roots exposes the active and wonderfully complex world that lies beneath the soil.

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Steve Tobin was born in 1957 in Philadelphia. He earned his B.S. from Tulane University, New Orleans, in 1979. Tobin is best known for his bronze-cast root sculptures. He created what would become the first memorial for 9/11, Trinity Roots, which is inspired by the sycamore tree that fell during the attacks and shielded St. Paul’s Chapel from flying debris. Tobin’s works are represented in collections including the American Center and Finair, Helsinki; the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida; King Faisal’s Palace, Saudi Arabia; the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Retretti Museum, Punkaharju, Finland; and The White House, Washington, D.C.

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