Help Wanted: Osprey Sculpture Movers

Group in charge of the metal osprey sculpture that sat for nearly a decade on the banks of Greenport Harbor are looking for some help to move the piece to Peconic park.

After years of trying to find an ideal spot to relocate a 5,000-pound metal sculpture of an the group in charge of this tribute to those lost in the attacks of Sept.11 have decided that in Peconic is the place for the bird.

Now they need help moving it.

The sculpture is presently being repaired at the and its 25-foot column — a piece from the World Trade Center — has already been transported to Cochran Park, according to a press release from the group that raised funds and contracted to have the sculpture commissioned.

"The decision to move the memorial was based on the sculpture’s vulnerability to damage and its low visitation," the press release said.

Citing wear and tear at the end of the Greenport dock, and a remote location, Jim Miller — part of the group in charge of the osprey — said in previous interviews with North Fork Patch that he wanted the sculpture moved to a location where people could actually touch it in time for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The decision provoked many who thought there was not enough public input on the move.

Artist Roberto Julio Bessin, who welded the sculpture, will oversee the entire relocation process. The group is looking for the services of a concrete company for the footings as well as a helicopter service to assist with relocating the osprey sculpture to the Park.

Interested parties can contact Tracey Orlando at 631-765-6597.

William Swiskey sr August 02, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Wouldn't it have looked wonderful overlooking Greenport Harbor. I guess we lack real vision on our Village Board. Maybe they tought it was a sandwich sign, that's whats seems to interest them lately. It was beautiful to see ,it said your in Greenport.
marla August 02, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Low visitation? You could see it from all over Greenport. Who's going to see it in a small park in ....where is that place you're moving it to?
James Dinizio Jr August 02, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Marla, it's going to the same place the baseball team plays in Peconic. Coincidentally they are named (The Ospreys)


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