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RANDALLS ISLAND PARK
Hell Gate Cairns is a series of stacked stone pillars, or cairns, that stand watch over the southern coastline of Randall’s Island Park. By focusing on the forms of natural stone, the piece draws attention to the boulders that line the Park’s paths and fields, remnants of the great earthmoving projects of the 20th century that cleared the city’s waterways – most notably the perilous “Hell Gate”, the narrow stretch of water between Randall’s Island and Queens responsible for hundreds of early shipwrecks.
Their verticality a reflection of the nearby Manhattan skyline, the Hell Gate Cairns aim to embody the human impulse to imaginative construction – stacking stones first in play, then as architecture.
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