2005-12-09 / Editorial/Opinion

Should Be Ashamed Of His Actions In Tribute Park

Local Artist Patrick Clark had a contract with the Rockaway Partnership to complete his portion of Tribute Park by November 30. He did not do so, thereby breaking his contract and facing the possibility of legal action taken against him for his breach of contract. Far worse, however, is the unwritten contract that Clark broke with the Rockaway community in general and specifically with the families of those who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The Partnership’s suit will probably seek to recover the reported $75,000 paid to Clark. There is nothing that the community can recover unless the final portions of Clark’s glass cupola with the names of those who died that day is completed. Those who lost loved ones on September 11 have been permanently damaged by Clark’s failure to perform as promised. Clark should be ashamed of himself for failing to complete his project on time. Clark lists several reasons for not finishing the cupola. All of them are self-serving and in the category of “the dog ate my homework.” There are those who believe that Clark overstepped his ability in the original proposal, which was accepted by the community and eventually by the city. They may well be right. We would hope that Clark would make this right by immediately going to work to complete his work. If he does not, if he continues to blame others for his failure and refuses to do the work, then he deserves the condemnation of the community that he has scammed and no amount of monetary damages will ever erase that fact.

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