Andy Goldsworthy's first permanent commission in New York City, Garden of Stones, opened to the public on September 17, 2003. This living memorial garden continues to inspire in new ways. An eloquent garden plan of trees growing from stone, the garden was planted by the artist, Holocaust survivors, and their families. This contemplative space, meant to be revisited and experienced differently over time as the garden matures, is visible from almost every floor of the Museum. The effect of time on humans and nature, a key factor in Goldsworthy's work, is richly present in Garden of Stones, as the sculpture will be viewed, as well as cared for, by future generations.
Visit Timekeeper: a virtual exploration of theGarden of Stones. This interactive exhibit uses a time lapse camera to record each moment in the sculpture’s life. A dial on the display allows visitors to move the screen image backwards and forwards, watching tree growth through time and across seasons: from bare branches to lush leaves. Footage of Goldsworthy as he creates each element of the memorial is also viewable.