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ARK OF RETURN

NEW YORK, NY

STONE

ARK OF RETURN

NEW YORK, NY

Architect:

Rodney Leon Architects

2015

Cultural / Monument

Completion:

Project Type:

Material:

–Black Absolute Zimbabwe granite
–Mountain White Danby marble
–Olympia Danby marble

PICCO Engineering was an integral member of the design team responsible for connection modelling and design; design and coordination of the steel framing; stone engineering and anchoring design; and coordinating the overall stone installation. The complex shape of the project required an innovative and non-traditional approach to stone engineering. To ensure the architect’s vision was realized, we utilized BIM software visualization tools and geometry analysis to to accurately integrate the structure with the natural stone panels. A particular sequencing pattern was created by PICCO so that the connection details could be accessed.


The project used 550 cubic feet of stone with panel sizes as large as 128 x 78 inches in various shapes, and thicknesses ranging from 2 to 9 inches that required special attention to lift the stones into position. Honed Olympic white Danby marble was chosen for the elevations and the robe of the Trinity Figure. Carving of the Trinity figure was performed by marble craftsman Leo Corsanini from Carrara, Italy. The full-scale hand-carved figure with outstretched hand, combined with its white handcarved marble “robe” is a touching reminder of the humanistic element. It is fitting, therefore, that master carvers spent hours carving this “Trinity Figure” that embodies the spirits of the men, women and children that have perished.

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