An immersive and tactile environmental public sculpture at the Pleasure House Point environmental area.
Terrapin Basin is an immersive environmental public sculpture at the Pleasure House Point environmental area, comprised of 41 interconnected stones assembled together as one to form the human-scaled and basin-like interior carapace of the Diamondback Terrapin. Each stone was individually cut, assembled and carved on site from a Quartzite Sandstone, sourced from the mountains in western Virginia.
The quartzite sandstone is metamorphic, layered in horizontal bands of sediment, and hardened by the heat and pressures of several cycles of transformation back and forth between beach and mountain range. The character of the stone bears these traces of time and formation in the sandy to white quartz tones, punctuated by the rusty iron oxides in vertical fissures and lines that cut across the more dominant and almost wood like grain of the stone.