Immersive Environmental Public Sculpture - Pleasure House Point Environmental Area, Virginia Beach, VA
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 stones are beveled architecturally, and interlocked to distribute the gravity of the stone and any human weight it may bear down into the center keystones. The outermost ring of stones are also notched to lock into a hidden metal frame that acts to retain sand and buttress the structure. The stones are designed to hold together structurally on their own, but with a thin layer of mortar between them, become a singularly solidified form.