After more than 30 build days, 14 consecutive days on the Island, a week of torrential monsoon rains, a jungle of bureaucratic red tape, infrequent power, Stealth Fighter is finally finished.
A crew of 20+ volunteers devoted countless hours and braved intense conditions to fabricate, transport and assemble, the 50 some odd pieces that comprise the piece.
Stealth Fighter survived it's first weekend open to the public, suffering only minor wear and tear and requiring a bit of kid proofing to handle the 35,000 or so visitors that came to Governors Island for it's opening weekend. The thing is a kid magnet. They love it, and at any given point over the weekend there were at least half a dozen kids, roaming, climbing, sliding and jumping off the piece.
As the building process unfolded, we were forced to improvise, made things work on site and came up with bootleg solutions to problems and it's a minor miracle that the piece has lines has crisp, clean lines, tight joints and no visible fasteners.
The way it looks can only be attributed to the dedication and tireless work of my phenomenal crew. They did far more than should've been asked of them, and it's been an honor to work along such devoted, talented, and generous group of people
None of this could have happened either without your generous contributions. Your donations funded lumber for the 32 facets that comprise the piece, the hundreds of 2x4's that support the piece, the thousands of square feet of astroturf that clad the piece, the tens of thousands of screws and staples that hold it together. More than that, knowing that there are people out there that believe enough in my crazy schemes to throw me some dollars kept me going when the project looked (a lot of the time), too big, too complicated and too impossible.
Those that have been around me in these past couple weeks know that this project has pushed past the limits of my budget, my tools, my friends' generosity, my physical body and my sanity. It has claimed every waking hour of every day from me in the past month, so I apologize for not keeping in touch. (below is me trying to shove the rain back into the clouds)
For all those that helped me with labor, with costs, with friendship, I humbly and sincerely offer my eternal thanks.
Stealth Fighter will be on view as part of the Figment Terrace Sculpture Garden, at Liggett Terrace, Governors Island in New York City until September 25. Governors Island is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and accessible by free ferries running from Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan.
Directions and Ferry info: http://newyork.figmentproject.org/figment-nyc-2011/getting-there/
There will be an opening reception, Saturday June 11, starting at 11am. I hope to see you there to personally thank you and show you the sculpture.
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