May, 2003 |
Root Conference by Keiko Miyamori

Root Conference
Society for Contemporary Craft

During a residency at the Society for Contemporary Craft in May 2003, artist Keiko Miyamori worked with the 16:62 Design Zone to connect with Lawrenceville residents during the creation of a large-scale sculpture.

Trees are often the centerpiece of Miyamori’s art, representing the connections between nature and energy. For this project, Miyamori explored the history and significance of Allegheny Cemetery, one of Pittsburgh’s largest and oldest burial grounds. She worked with Allegheny Cemetery staff and families from the Lawrenceville Family Support Center to learn about the cemetery and to clean roots from uprooted trees, remnants of a 2002 microburst storm. The cleaned and treated roots then “converged” at Point State Park in an outdoor installation called Root Conference