Location in Good Shepherd Plaza Unveiled

RIVAA/RIOC Add New Work To Island Art Trail

Updated 1 year ago David Stone

Pictures tell the story best as RIVAA and RIOC unveiled the latest addition to Roosevelt Islands "Art Trail," highlighting results from years of work and development in redefining the community's identity.

On opening day, the plinth designed by Tad Sudol and the sculpture atop wait for the ceremony.
On opening day, the plinth designed by Tad Sudol and the sculpture atop wait for the ceremony.
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RIOC President Rosenthal talked about the teamwork that brought the Island of Art concept to this stage of development, complimenting especially RIVAA President Tad Sudol who's been relentlessly persuasive in pursuit of the vision since the art collective's founding in 2001.

Susan Rosenthal, RIOC President and CEO, MC-ed the event. Her leadership was crucial to getting it done.
Susan Rosenthal, RIOC President and CEO, MC-ed the event. Her leadership was crucial to getting it done.
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City Council Member Ben Kallos's talk underscored Roosevelt Island dual identity as an Island of Art but also, since Cornell Tech's arrival, Silicon Island, home of emerging technological marvels.

City Council Member Ben Kallos commends RIOC's efforts in reimagining Roosevelt Island.
City Council Member Ben Kallos commends RIOC's efforts in reimagining Roosevelt Island.
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Sculptor Michael Poest, a Long Island City neighbor, was modest in thanking Roosevelt Island for the honor of having his sculpture the first to grace the top of the new plinth.

Michael Poest, whose work is the first to sit atop the Good Shepherd Plaza plinth, talks about his work's gratification.
Michael Poest, whose work is the first to sit atop the Good Shepherd Plaza plinth, talks about his work's gratification.
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Kallos, Rosenthal & Sudol pose for the big moment, but Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson does all the work.
Kallos, Rosenthal & Sudol pose for the big moment, but Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson does all the work.
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The new Art Trail stop wins applause, including from its sculptor Michail Poest on the far right.
The new Art Trail stop wins applause, including from its sculptor Michail Poest on the far right.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

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