"We are pleased to host this major exhibition. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a perfect setting for Steve Tobin's soaring and evocative root sculptures." - Ed Schneider, Director, MN Landscape Arboretum.
Sculptor Steve Tobin is an artist of "firsts." His internationally acclaimed "Trinity Root" sculpture remains the first and only art memorial in Lower Manhattan commemorating the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, where it is permanently sited at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway. He created this piece from the stump and roots of a sycamore tree that shielded historic St Paul's Church, while other nearby structures were destroyed.
In his beginnings as a glass artist, Tobin became the first American to have his own studio hot shop in Murano, Italy, the birthplace of glassblowing. He is entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for having blown the world's biggest bottle. His monumental sculptures in bronze cast towering termite hills in Africa, forest floor detritus in rural Pennsylvania, the sprawling root systems of dead trees. He has detonated thousands of pounds of wet clay to make "Exploded Earth" vessels. In all of these, and now in his soaring, massive, yet elegant "Steelroots", Tobin has pushed the limits of every material he has touched. Wondrous nature, order versus chaos, cause and effect are central themes of his amazing sculptures, enabling his works to resonate across a wide audience.
Tobin's works have been exhibited in museums around the world. Read his biography.
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Steve Tobin in his studio