Sky Mound

Nancy Holt
I-A Landfill, Hackensack Meadowlands, New Jersey, USA
Overall: 57 acres (23.1 ha); Height: 110 ft. (33.5 m)

Four miles from Manhattan, in between the New Jersey Turnpike and the Amtrak railway, lies a massive landfill. Holt was recruited to design the reclamation of the site, which would both mitigate environmental damage and transform the landfill into a sculptural observatory. She planned to incorporate gravel paths in alignment with the solstices, a large gunite sphere encircled by a moat to represent the moon, methane flares visible from planes overhead, and a pond that would attract wildlife and drain surface water from the landfill. This pond is the only realized portion of Holt’s design—the rest is delayed indefinitely.

See Also

Hydra's Head
Nancy Holt
Along the Niagara River, Artpark, Lewiston, New York