Deinstalling New Growth

deinstalling flow

I deinstalled my sculptures on Randall’s Island a few weeks ago with the help of Mike and Peter as well as Deb and her crew. First we unscrewed the nuts and used a mallet to whack the bolts loose (pictured above).

When we removed the plywood pieces from the signpost, we found some creatures living inside:

The signpost + 3 ft of concrete were ripped out of the ground by a large machine.

Long day spent mostly in a U-Haul driving all over NY and NJ. Lots of traffic. Some Japanese food at the end.

New Growth Installation

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8:00 AM I arrived, met Deb and Fin, and we started drilling out the holes. 8 holes, 3 ft deep x 1 ft diameter, with two being “long holes”: 1 ft wide x 2 ft long. Cleaned up the holes with shovels.

9:20 AM Mike arrived with sonotubes. We widened some of the holes and inserted the sonotubes.

10:00 AM Eric and Chris arrived with the sculptures. We started putting them in their respective holes, staking them, and wrapping plastic around the bottom to protect from concrete splashes.

10:45 AM Concrete truck arrived. Mike and Eric started filling holes while Chris and I continued to place and stake them. Cleaned up the concrete a little.

12:15 AM Concrete truck left. Cleaned the wheelbarrows and shovels, gathered tools. Ate lunch.


I want to post an update about New Growth, but there isn’t anything to look at yet. Because I’m having things fabricated, my role is solely administrative so far. I’ve been sending a lot of emails, and I’ve also attended some meetings. I’ve chosen a site. Okay, I guess you can look at a picture of the site:


Here is a list of communications that I’ve sent about this project since I got back from California nearly 2 weeks ago:

April 2:
Email to Chris (fabricator), 8:06 PM

April 3:
Text Message to Chris, 7:07 PM
Text Message to Chris, 7:31 PM
Email to Chris, 9:26 PM
Email to Gary (digital printer), 9:54 PM

April 4:
Email to Gary, 8:13 AM
Email to Gary, 8:20 AM
Text Message to Chris, 9:50 AM
Email to Anne (of RIPA), 4:13 PM
Email to Anne, 10:16 PM

April 5:
Email to Anne & Lia (of Bronx Museum), 2:47 PM

April 7:
Email to Anne, 3:25 PM
Text Message to Chris, 4:15 PM
Text Message to Chris, 5:11 PM
Email to Gary, 9:02 PM

April 8:
Email to Gary, 8:00 AM
Email to Gary, 3:06 PM
Email to Anne, 6:31 PM

April 9:
Email to Gary, 4:53 PM
Email to Gary, 8:33 PM

April 10:
Email to Anne & Lia, 10:08 AM
Email to Anne & Lia, 12:03 PM
Email to Gary, 12:40 PM
Email to Anne, 2:21 PM
Email to Anne, 2:32 PM
Email to Anne, Deb, Scott & Eric (all of RIPA), 3:08 PM
Email to Anne, Deb, Scott & Eric, 3:14 PM
Email to Gary, 3:16 PM
Email to Deb, 3:25 PM
Email to Deb, 3:29 PM
Email to Deb, 3:30 PM
Text Message to Chris, 7:01 PM

April 11:
Email to Deb, 9:43 AM
Email to Deb, 10:45 AM

April 12:
Email to Deb, 12:38 AM
Meeting with Deb, 8:00 AM
Email to Anne, 10:03 AM
Email to Anne, 10:27 AM