2006-03-31 / Front Page

Tribute Park Dome Unveiled In April

By Brian Magoolaghan


Patrick Clark sits beneath the dome's cupola Tuesday, inspecting his work. 
Patrick Clark sits beneath the dome's cupola Tuesday, inspecting his work. The installation of the Tribute Park dome is slated to begin this week, and the artist who's building it has set a date in early April for the final unveiling, The Wave learned this week.

Final construction of the dome will begin Friday morning when stained glass artist Patrick Clark and his crew set up scaffolding and begin the installation of the steel support structure for the cupola.

The individual pieces containing the stained glass and tribute stars will be installed in the days thereafter, he said.

"The light at the end of the tunnel is shining on Tribute Park," said Clark, who was clearly upbeat when he told The Wave about his progress and plans. His mood is understandable: The master glassman fell under criticism from some members of the Tribute Park Committee and the community when he failed to deliver the dome - a costly and prominent component - in time for the park's opening day, last November.

But Clark maintained that the dome would eventually be completed, and in early March, opened up his studio so the public could see it take shape. With the completion of the dome seemingly just days away, Clark is also focusing on a grass roots ceremony to mark the park's completion.

"Unveiling will be more of an informal gathering with music, song, 9/11 families, poetic commentary and no speeches at all," Clark said. "All 9/11 family members are invited to take part in the unveiling ceremony by coming under the dome, pointing out their loved ones star and reading their name out loud.

The unveiling is set for Saturday, April 8, at noon. Family members who want to participate in the ceremony should arrive at 11:40 a.m. to sign in. Clark encouraged people to bring chairs for sitting. The event is weather permitting, he said.

By Brian Magoolaghan

Patrick Clark sits beneath the dome's cupola Tuesday, inspecting his work.

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