Sky Mound in Kearny, New Jersey

Until the late '80s, a gigantic landfill stood next to the Turnpike in the Meadowlands of Kearny, New Jersey. Just outside New York City, along the Hackensack River, local industry had turned much of the wetland area into an unsightly and polluted wasteland. Sky Mound, a huge work of public art, was one of the first projects aimed at conservation of the Meadowlands, and most people don't even notice it.

Artist Nancy Holt began the work, which is an ongoing project, in 1988. Holt's art can...

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