Stone Cutters' Memorial

Schwartz Plaza, NYU, New York, 2019

part of NYU: Grounds for Art



The Stonecutters Riot, a response to the University Council’s decision to source stone for the Original NYU Building in 1833 from prison labor. After petitioning to no avail, the stonecutters formed a mob and stormed after building contractors. It took three days to put down the riot. This Memorial commemorates the the first mass labor action in the NY state history.

Only a piece of the Original University Building still exists and it is commemorated with the Founders Memorial located next to the Stone Cutters’ Memorial.


Cast mycelium, substrate

dimentions variable

produced with a contribution from ecovative