Sharon Ma

hello: Installation Day

Prepped with primer and painted the sides metallic gold.

Similar to the natural wood, but now it looks more complete. I chose warm tones to complement the summer and fall seasons during the exhibition.

Morning of Installation was actually favorable, even though it was foggy and just a little chilly. We were all thankful that the sun was beating down on us and it wasn't hot or humid. While I waited for everyone to arrive, I put out sonotubes, so they'd be ready for holes to be dug.

Deb and her crew (Pete, Tom, Junior, and Elliot) went straight to work, digging and shelling for the 5 letters.

What do you call a writer, a computer scientist, and a comic book artist? Friends, who volunteered to help out!

With the strength of a small village, the town was erected in a day. I could not have done this without the help of everyone here. At one point there were 16 people all for my project. Teamwork.

The rest of the letters were ready in position to be sunk into the ground, along with 800 lbs of concrete. Thanks to Ann and Leah for running to get me more bags of the concrete mix. Heavy lifting all around!

Et voila! Or, should I say, "Hello!" After all the planning and making, it's finally done. The letters are in the ground and only a few finishing touches left to do.

Ann painted with "Dragon Fire" orange. Roll on!

Then, we celebrated with "victory dogs", as Leah termed them, at the Island Cafe on Randall's Island.


THANK YOU is not enough to everyone who helped out, but thank you so very much. I know that this was largely a team effort under the direction I really could not have accomplished this ambitious project without the help and support from friends, family, movers, and especially, Deb and her crew! Great job to everyone on successfully installing this huge sculpture in just one day!

** Opening Day is Saturday, May 30 at 1-3 PM. See you there! **

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The Artist

Sharon Ma(b. 1979, San Jose, California)

Sharon Ma creates works of art that combine elements of photography, archaeology, and sculpture to show how people curate their lives and experiences. She compares the transience of human life to the ever-changing form of nature. Her works point at the human quest for immortality, the personalization of everyday things and their elevation into grandeur, and the evolving definition of self against shifting environments. Ma studied at New York University (BA, 2002), Yale University (MA research, 2006), and New School University (MFA, 2013).

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