Sculpting A Sandy Remembrance
Months in the planning, work is ready to start on a collaborative sculpture in remembrance of Hurricane Sandy.
Public build sessions have begun for Sea Song, a collaborative Sandy memorial sculpture being constructed using materials salvaged after the storm.
The project’s website notes that “Hurricane Sandy left a destructive mark on the landscape of the Rockaways, but this project is facilitating community involvement in creating an artwork signifying an affirmative vision for years to come. The sculpture draws on the idea of ‘prayer trees’ found in various cultures around the world.
“(It) allows for the inclusion of many ‘voices’ in the form of found and hand-made objects contributed by residents impacted by the storm (and) will continue to grow as visitors leave messages and mementos around its base and within its varied crevices.”
The project began with a small team of artists, including Sarah Quinter and Robert Pluma, and relief workers who wanted to use art to bring people together and create a testament to the strength of Rockaway communities.
When completed the sculpture will stand 16 feet tall and will be located in the community garden at Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
The build sessions take place at 23-04 Cornaga Avenue every Saturday, weather permitting, from 12 to 6 p.m.
People ages 16 and up are invited to use tools and join in. There are also arts activities for younger children.
According to Quinter, an artist educator with family ties to the Rockaways, “We can especially use people who are handy and artistic who want to help design and build, bilingual speakers, people who can bring food and beverages to share and who want to help things run smoothly and keep an eye on children.”
They are also looking for people to help in a number of other project tasks.
There will be an unveiling ceremony in the garden on Beach 59th street when the sculpture is complete, sometime around Sandy’s one year anniversary.