Wennie Huang, Trace, 2011, silicate stain on glazed brick, PS/IS 263 (366), Manhattan Terrazzo tile, wood, and Lithocrete, New Settlement Community Campus, Bronx
Wennie Huang's Trace depics a giant tulip tree that refers to the site's history. The tree references the legendary tulip tree in the neihboring Inwood Hill Park, which was the last remaining part of a primordial forest on the island of Manhattan. The giant tulip tree that local legends describe was planted in 1626 to commemorate the Lenape Native American’s historic sale of Manhattan Island to the Dutch. The tulip tree grew to be over 160 feet tall, with a 6 ½ foot diameter and a lifespan of over 300 years. A concrete circle and plaque now mark the original location of the tree, which survived until the 1930’s and had its stump removed in the 1960’s.