On Saturday May 30 at 5 pm we unveiled the sculpture with a ceremony. It was a beautiful, if windy, day and a supportive crowd gathered on the Observation Deck. I was moved by how many friends came out from all over the East End and even NYC, as well as locals, participants and representatives from the Greenport Village. I was surprised to also meet newcomers to Greenport who had discovered the project for the first time.
Former Mayor David Nyce made an introduction and then I spoke a bit about the inspiration for the project, gave many thanks, and introduced the participating families, who everyone was excited to meet (see the lovely picture taken by Lisa Finn/Southold Local above.) Then my husband Pierre Cote and David Nyce cut open the tyvek “veil” and my son Nathaniel was the first to look through the eyes to the vista. People cued up and took a look-through.
Everyone commented on what a perfect day it was and all that was reflected in the sculpture – it all seemed meant to be- the site, the view, the skies and water behind and though, the town of Greenport and the viewer reflected within the wheel. The past and the present cycling all at once. I must say that I was truly rewarded upon seeing the piece in it’s envisioned place. After seeing it indoors for so long, it reminded me that when a piece is site-specific there is truly a magic when it arrives there and comes to life. To truly be surprised by my own art and process- it’s one of the great rewards of being an artist and what drives me forward.
I wonder what comes next.
After a dinner with friends, I returned to take in the sun setting and it was outstanding – a moment I’ll never forget:
The next day the wonderfully supportive reporter Lisa Finn from Southold Local – who has been following the project since my first proposal to the board at Town Hall back in September through covering the opening ceremony- wrote this lovely article: