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Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Prehistory of Governors Island

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Daily 10AM-4:30PM

Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird: A Prehistory of Governors Island is a new work by artist David Brooks. A winding sculptural installation recently unveiled in the magazine of historic Fort Jay, Brooks’s piece is the first artwork commissioned by the Trust for Governors Island since 2014.

Rock, Mosquito and Hummingbird digs down to the core of Governors Island, exposing the strata of history of this floating rock in NY Harbor. Probing three sites on the Island’s original footprint, Brooks bored through the surface of the ground to depths of 90 to 125 feet, telling the story of this ancient place through excavated core samples of cobbles, soil, silt, shells, clay and bedrock. This narrative leads visitors beyond the dominant military history of the site, to imagine a landmass that for millions of years played a part in a larger story.

Fort Jay and Castle Williams are open weekends in May.

Special thanks to the National Parks Service.