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5.21.2017

Tobin's World Class Sculptures in Quakertown

If you have ever driven through the northern edges of Quakertown along California Road, you may notice some spectacular, root-like sculptures scattered around an otherwise mundane industrial park. These works have been created by Steve Tobin, a world-renowned sculptor, whose work is seen worldwide. His most acclaimed work is the "Trinity Root," a public sculpture created as a memorial to a giant 70 year old sycamore that was smashed when the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11. The sculpt depicts the stump and roots of that beloved tree, a peaceful and beautiful tribute to that fateful day for the country and the world. That work was moved by the church from the 9/11 site, to their retreat center in Connecticut. It is caught up in a high-profile lawsuit regarding the intentions of an artist when it comes to public works. 
Tobin's studios serve as an art studio and a foundry. He originally hails from nearby Montgomery County and he graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Theoretical Mathematics. After not finding a career in that field, he took up odd-jobs in museums, which eventually lead him to this. His prowess in math, couples with his artistic sensibilities, and leads towards magnificent creations. He has transformed an otherwise mundane industrial park with his work. 
His studios are occasionally open to the public, but you can always see his work in this area of Quakertown. The sculptures are definitely worth seeing if you are in the area. For more information on his work, and about open houses, check out his website at http://stevetobin.com

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