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Superstorm

Superstorm
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SUPERSTORM, named after Superstorm Sandy, "the storm of the century" , was installed in Lower Manhattan in Duarte Square Park at the intersection of Avenue of the Americas and Canal Street in May, 2019. Because of Covid 19 this exhibition has been extended until August, 2020. SUPERSTORM comprises a majestic tree and boulder hammered out of metal in the forest over an actual tree and rock that was blown to bits during this terrible storm. SUPERSTORM symbolizes what has become the new normal thanks to global warming. The logistics of this installation required engineering, fabrication and installation of a 4000 lb base/support structure to anchor a 12 foot cantilever safely above our heads in clear view of pedestrians and motorists. Any donation to this project will be appreciated.

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In 2013 I became obsessed with the discovery of a noble tree ripped off its footing, roots and all, out where I work in the forest along the Appalachian Trail in Northwest New Jersey at Harmony Ridge Farm and Campground. This tree blown off it's boulder home during Superstorm Sandy  had become a majestic horizontal sculpture with a flat circular root pattern spiraling vertically into the air, evidence of the shallow yin and yang sloping surface of its former boulder home. Today Superstorms are  are getting much worse and more common. I hope that this installation has shown the unfriendly side of nature, aka, Global Warming and has gained the attention of millions of viewers.  In 2011 with support of NYFA and the Prospect Park Conservancy, three sculptures were exhibited around the Boat House/Audubon Center in an exhibition called Nature in Nature.  That exhibition showed the pastoral side of nature we love and take for granted. "SUPERSTORM", the actual sculpture, was finally completed in 2018, in part, with funding from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. SUPERSTORM was fabricated in the forest on site with hammered aluminum. After fabrication the hammered aluminum shapes were heat treated to aircraft hardness by Burton Industries in Wayandach, Long Island.

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