Garfield’s Roots commissioned for Pittsburgh, PA

Garfield’s Roots is a commissioned reimagining of the iron tree grates along Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue as part of the area’s renewal. Working in cooperation with Loysen-Kreuthmeier Architects and the City of Pittsburgh, the artist created Garfield’s Roots, a site-specific commission of 32 iron works that surround each of the avenue’s newly planted trees. Old trees once flanked the street but had died or were removed during the renovation process. Settles offers an homage to these predecessors of the urban landscape and the deep roots of the neighborhood by forming a root flare in the iron around the new trees — each of which will grow to fill the place of these older, venerable giants.