In 1985, after showing internationally for ten years, including the The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshorn Museum, PS1, the Venice Biennale, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, 112 Greene Street, and Holly Solomon Gallery, Smyth stopped making work for gallery exhibitions, and focused only on large scale public commissions. Concurently, Smyth worked very privately creating bodies of work, some of which are archived on this site. This shift occurred as Smyth felt he had completed his work mining historical Judeo-Christian influences.
Over these 35 years, Smyth has collected and cataloged found stones that had been broken from mountains, carried by glaciers, dropped at glacial moraines, and smooth by tides and sand. Smyth 3D scans the stones and casts them in bronze. Smyth first introduced these forms into his work for a 2004 commission, titled, 1 to 2, for Landscape Park and NJT Station in Port Imperial, NJ. This led Smyth back to making objects focused directly on natural forms, and scaled for gallery exhibitions. Recently, Smyth has added photography as a medium to explore these stones.