Created and Sold by Samantha Holmes

Samantha Holmes

Hell Gate Cairns

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Hell Gate Cairns at Riverside Park is a series of stacked stone pillars, or cairns, that stand and watch over the New York coastline. By focusing on the forms of natural stone, this sculpture, created by Samantha Holmes, draws attention to the boulders that line the park’s paths and fields, remnants of the great earthmoving projects of the 20th century that cleared the city’s waterways.

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Samantha Holmes

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"Samantha Holmes is an artist based in New York and Ravenna, Italy who focuses on conceptual and material experimentation in the medium of mosaic. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Palazzo Fortuny (Venice), in conjunction with the 2015 Venice Biennale, the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York), and the Sharjah Art Museum (United Arab Emirates). She has received public art commissions that include Randall’s Island Park (New York), the ARTPLAY Design Center (Moscow), and the Museum of the City of Ravenna (Italy). In 2011, she was awarded the International GAEM Art Prize (Young Artists and Mosaic), and in 2013 received the RAM prize for a mosaic. She holds degrees from Harvard University (BA, Visual and Environmental Studies, 2006), and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna (MFA, Experimental Mosaic, 2014)."

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