Sarah Quinter

Rockaway, Queens -- Public build sessions have begun for Sea Song, a collaborative Sandy memorial sculpture being constructed using materials salvaged after the storm. 

The project was initiated by a small team of artists and relief workers who want to use art to bring people together and create a testament to the strength of Rockaway communities. The sculpture will stand 16 feet tall in a community garden on Beach 59th St and Rockaway Beach Blvd. 

The sessions take place at 23-04 Cornaga Avenue every Saturday, weather permitting, from 12 to 6pm. People ages 16 and up are invited to use tools, and there are arts activities for younger children. We can especially use people who:

- Are handy and artistic who want to help design and build

- Are bilingual speakers

- Can to bring food and beverages to share

- Want to help things run smoothly and keep an eye on children

- Want to do outreach and make sure that people have a chance to get involved

- Would like to help facilitate folks of all ages in making "resilience flags" with messages to be suspended from the top of the sculpture

- Would like bring other educational / artistic activities to the space

- Are local organizers who want to let people know about relevant campaigns and projects happening in the area

There will be an unveiling ceremony in the garden on Beach 59th street when the sculpture is complete, sometime around the one year anniversary of Sandy. The artists want to have local performers and catering, and invite people get in touch with ideas.

Project info line/voicemail: (347) 699-6031

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