The sculptures were produced in the 1960s by Cornell undergraduate architecture students. Under the guidance of professor Jack Squier, these students learned first-hand about sculpture, design, and carpentry. They volunteered their own time and money toward the project, and participated in every aspect of the planning and construction of the sculptures. The sculptures were erected before the arboretum existed, and the location was very secluded and isolated from the main campus at the time.
Garden of Stones: A Holocaust Memorial by Andy Goldsworthy
The Garden of Stones symbolizes the tenacity of life, honoring both those who died in the Holocaust and those who survived. Created by famed environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, the installation at Cornell Plantations is an extension of the Garden of Stones exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. Three of the granite boulders are hollowed and contain a dwarf chestnut oak (Quercus prinoides), while the fourth rock is intact. The exhibit is on loan indefinitely from the Museum of Jewish Heritage.