Christopher Columbus

Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NYC, 2019

part of Race and Revolution: Reimagining Monuments



A replica of the Christopher Columbus statue, in Columbus Circle. There is a persuasive case to be made to remove any veneration of Columbus because of the atrocities he inflicted, but also persuasive case to keep the Statue in place, as there are deep ties between it and the Italian immigrant community, which is part of the history of New York City minority communities. The piece leaves the image of Columbus intact but speeds up its decay, it is cast in mycelium, a biodegradable material. This piece might thread-the-needle, and in a compressed time period represent both conflicting viewpoints.

Cast mycelium,

5' x 3' x 1'

produced with a contribution from ecovative