My house is up the street from Harvard. Over the years I noticed the cracks, hollows and peculiarities of the sidewalks around the Science Center. I figured influential, thoughtful scientists walked on them, and I wanted to capture and share their steps.
Casting Harvard Science Center sidewalk
With permission from the City of Cambridge, I cast sections of sidewalks in plaster. I would use the plaster molds as templates.
Recreating sidewalk in studio
Using a version of the cartapesta technique I learned in Italy, I pressed paper into the sidewalk mold.
Painted and cloth-backed sidewalk panel
I applied hardening agents to the panels before scoring them and building interior braces to shape the lights.