Opening Day!

Picture with Families from SoutholdLocal

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.

Ceremony Pic

Nathaniel and Audrey

Viewer with Wheel

After a dinner with friends, I returned to take in the sun setting and it was outstanding – a moment I’ll never forget:

Sunset Photo

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:

‘Port of Views’ Unveiled in Greenport, Showcases Longtime Village Families

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Project Approved!

Last night I was very excited to be present for The Village of Greenport‘s Board of Trustees approval of the new site for the sculpture on the Observation Deck in Mitchell Park. I am honored.

“Village Approves New Location for ‘A Port of Views’ Art Project” The Suffolk Times

Also this past week I met with the Greenport Business Improvement District members who were enthusiastic about the project and eager to collaborate on joint events.  I look forward to seeing how all these potential partnerships evolve.

 

A New Proposed Site in Mitchell Park

In early Fall, I was walking around Mitchell Park with local artist Arden Scott, discussing places in the park I was considering siting the sculpture. On our walk it was suggested that we check out the deck above the Tourist Office, beside the Marina Office. We walked up the back ramp, encountered the view, and immediately looked at each other and agreed, this was the perfect spot!

The deck is in plain view, but a bit of a secret. It’s very quiet up there, doesn’t attract much traffic, but it has a beautiful view of the park, the marina, and the Peconic Bay.  To the other side, you can see the back porch of Aldo’s, the Old Blacksmith Shop, and right up First Street.

It called up the placement of mechanical sightseeing viewers you can step up to, put a quarter in, and adjust the lens to see into the distance. Here, visitors can look out in all directions, turn the wheel of the sculpture and look through the eyes of generations of Greenporters, while contemplating this unique spot in space over time.

I drew up these images- hopefully you will see it on site next summer!

Proposed Sculpture on Deck in Mithcell Park

Proposed Sculpture on Deck in Mitchell Park