Department of Cultural Affairs NYCulture City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs NYCulture City of New York

Percent for Art

   Nobuho Nagasawa

TIMECAST, 2012, Bluestone Pavers



Completion Date:



Bluestone Pavers




Columbia Street Waterfront District


Columbia Street between Atlantic and Hamilton Avenues


Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Sponsor Agency:

Department of Transportation

Design Agency:

Department of Design and Construction


2007 Excellence in Design, Art Commission of the City of New York

The shadows of newly-planted native New York trees were precisely traced at a certain time of the day on the bluestone sidewalk. The tree shadows are visible as permanent silhouettes on the sidewalk. Ms Nagasawa proposed sandblasting the silhouettes in the bluestone, which is not only quarried in New York, but has been used historically as a paving stone in this neighborhood, as well as in landmarked locations, such as around the New York Public Library and Bryant Park.  Ms Nagasawa envisions the shadows to be literally "set in stone," and to appear as "jewels" set in time, and to give the impression of time frozen, which is a historical record.

Since the trees will not continue to cast the same shadows as they grow taller, the shadows will become fixed markers by which the effects of time on the streetscape become apparent as the years pass.  The Native New York Trees chosen for the artwork locations call attention to their individuality - Sweet Gum, Honey Locus, Swamp White Oak, Kentucky Coffee and Red Oak.

The name of each tree, and the date of each shadow tracing were sandblasted into the bluestone along with silhouette itself, identifying a moment and leaving a historical mark.

About the Artist...
A native of Japan and based in New York City, Nobuho Nagasawa’s work ranges from site-specific projects, gallery and museum installations, and public art. For her site-specific projects, Nagasawa conducts extensive research into the cultural history and memory of the surrounding community. Informed by location, Nagasawa’s works are a space for interactivity and collective ownership.