The artist was inspired by the history of the neighborhood surrounding the Mattress Factory. She studied the space for several years before creating a peaceful, living installation using remains of the Steward Paper Factory, stones from a western Pennsylvania quarry, and plants native to the area. Lutz states, "I was interested in uncovering the urban and natural history here to reveal the physical memory in the site. Everything in the garden comes from this: all the different layers and boundaries. The garden is a vignette of past times within the framework of contemporary Pittsburgh, like archeological sites in Rome and Jerusalem."
Winifred Lutz (b. 1942) is a Pennsylvania-based sculptor. Her work has been featured in galleries and museums across the United States, including: MoMA PS1, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. She is the recipient of a NEA Visual Artist Fellowship, the PEW Fellowship in the Arts, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Artist's Fellowship, and a NYC Creative Time Project Grant.