In 2012 the New Rochelle Council on the Arts collaborated with the Ward Acres Community Garden Arts Committee to create a fully functional public art installation. The mosaic seating area, titled “The Meeting Place,” allows the gardeners and future visitors to the garden site to sit, relax, enjoy and establish a “relationship” with art as part of their daily life.
The project resulted in two benches created by children from the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle and gardeners from the Community Garden, under the direction of artist Sarah Coble. The garden is a true mosaic of the people who make up New Rochelle’s population — diverse ages and backgrounds — so mosaic was selected as the perfect medium to reﬂect the mosaic of New Rochelleans. In a series of classes that took place in Winter and Spring of 2012, middle school-aged children worked with ceramic artist Judith Weber to create tiles that were installed on poured concrete by artist Sarah Coble.