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A Quiet Memorial for a Civic Steward at Silver Towers

Urban Farm Art

Visitors to NYU's Urban Farm may spy a quixotic stone face peering from amongst the eggplants and peppers. The sculpture is a gift from a recently departed member of the NYU community--Rosalind Boyd, who along with her husband Neilson Boyd were treasured parts of NYU’s family.

When Roz passed away in April 2013, her son Andrew contacted the NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs in the hopes that several pieces from her art collection could be displayed outdoors near Silver Towers, where she had lived for decades.

During her life, Roz dedicated incredible time and passion to bringing healthy produce into our shared urban environment as 30-year member of the Union Square Green Market's board. It is especially fitting that these pieces from her collection will be planted here in a living laboratory where students are studying exactly this topic. From where they sit in the soil, these sculptures may germinate new inspirations for future advocates of a greener urban landscape.

From the New York Times obituary:

Though barely five feet tall, [Rosalind Boyd] was a larger than life character - feisty and inspirational to the very end.... She was a strong feminist and amateur economist, and could often be found on the front lines of many radical causes, most recently with the Granny Peace Brigade trying to reduce the Pentagon budget. Roz took great pleasure in friends young and old. She will be missed by all and the world will be the poorer for her passing. Earlier in life, she was a science librarian and married Robert Neilson Boyd, noted professor of chemistry at NYU. (They met in the library). She is survived by her son Andrew Boyd.

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