I'm on the road again! This happens to me a lot these days. But on Sunday, after visiting the Tract House, I took a quick run over to Twelfth and Callowhill, here in Philadelphia, to see how Keiko Miyamori's orphan sculpture City Root was doing.
And the eight and a half ton sculpture which I wrote about last April here, is doing just fine. The cracks are maybe a little wider after a long winter's repeated freezing and thawing but it's still one gorgeous hunk of gigantic lucite, and it doesn't look likely to fall apart anytime soon. I took dozens of photos. The thing is mesmerizing.
The owner of the property (and maybe of the sculpture; he offered free storage of the sculpture while Miyamori tried to find a buyer with the understanding that after a certain length of time unsold, it would be his to keep) has clamped four lights onto the top of the sculpture. Which means, I guess, that it lights up at night. Next time I'm in the city after dark, I'm going to find out!
Above: The artwork itself. Right: A graphic demonstration of the current size of one of the cracks.