Sculpture Arrives in Huntington Station

'Generations' placed at plaza on New York Avenue

 A limestone sculpture has arrived at a Huntington Station plaza, part of the continuing revitalization effort for the neighborhood.

"Generations," a four-piece sculpture depicting a guitar player, grandmother and child, guitar case, and drum, is situated on the plaza at Olive Street and New York Avenue.

   The Huntington Station Plaza took another significant step toward completion recently with the installation of “Generations,” a four-piece limestone sculpture that will serve as a centerpiece for the Huntington Station revitalization project that is in its final stages.

 Denver sculptor Madeline Wiener created the piece, one of her series of "bench people" meant to allow people to sit on as well as view.

    “Generations is a work of art that people can come to the plaza to enjoy and that they can use to enjoy the plaza,” said Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, who met with Wiener during the installation.  “This sculpture both furthers the goals of the is the Town’s Public Art Initiative and exemplifies the revitalization “smart growth” principle of developing a public infrastructure of beautiful places that become walkable destinations within a community.

An official ceremony welcoming the sculpture will be part of the formal plaza dedication that will be held after the installation of landscaping and completion of other final details of the Plaza’s construction.

  The installation of Generations was the final step in a process that began in 2011 with issuance by the Town’s Public Art Initiative of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking submissions from interested artists. Following review of the 54 submissions, an Artist Selection Panel unanimously recommended Wiener based on her extensive experience, the quality of her past work,  and the appropriateness of her “bench people” concept for this project location. The town said the sculpture was placed on the plaza with the help of a crane and riggers from Huntington-based C. R. Hamilton.

It also said that though the artist lives in Denver, she had grown up in Brooklyn and often visited Long Island, including relatives in Huntington.

 In addition, a series of interviews with a wide variety of different Huntington Station residents and community leaders helped the artist develop her concept for “Generations,” which "draws upon the importance of music in our community as well as a strong cross-cultural and multi-generational emphasis on families," the town said.

 The artwork arrived in Huntington on Friday, having left Denver on a flatbed truck on April 1.  Design and creation of the work was supported by grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and from Round 6 of the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Program, as well as funds from the Town Public Art Initiative.

  Photos of each step in the creation of “Generations” can be seen on the project blog at http://huntingtonstationgenerations.wordpress.com/.  For additional information about the Wiener and other works that she has created, visit www.madelinewiener.com.


Lisa Reynolds April 09, 2013 at 11:06 AM
It looks nice. But that was supposed to be an area to sit...maybe have lunch from Jonny D's...oh...but wait...there is a pawn shop there! Once again....thanks to the town board for sticking it to the people in Huntington Station.
Christine April 09, 2013 at 11:52 AM
I know, I drove by there yesterday and thought how it looked nice and imagined the flowers in the flower beds. Only then I looked up and saw the Pawn Shop and thought that it really ruins it.
Ben Dover April 09, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Did we pay for this crap?
Debra Patane April 09, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Yes-that pawn shop has a TEN year lease(!!!)Of which the town had full knowledge prior.This tells me that as long as there's something the town can get revenue from they don't really care. Will it be a place where my children and I visit? No- too dangerous in terms of road proximity and area in general! You can put nice sculptures in attempt to beautify but as long as the area remains dangerous with high crime rate it becomes a waste of tax dollars and work.
HHS_Grad April 09, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Lipstick on a pig!
Scott MacDonald April 09, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I'm happy they did this, but I'm sorry, this is not going to be used by anyone other than people hanging around the hideous pawn-shop, that is cleverly NOT shown in the photos. Also, from the street, it looks nothing like this, and is frankly, not very attractive.
Scott MacDonald April 09, 2013 at 12:54 PM
It is grey, sterile, and void of any plantings or "life" that would make it an attractive place to want to hang out. I wonder how much this cost, and why the funds weren't put to good use, like our schools?
matt harris April 09, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Lets see. 9 photos, without showing an eastern view of the Pius manse behind it. Very clever, Pam.
Jack White April 09, 2013 at 01:59 PM
There is a wh*r$house in the Pius house located behind the pawn shop. Mr Petrone knows it exists.
Jason Molinet April 09, 2013 at 03:00 PM
No free advertising...
beanzo April 09, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I read somewhere that the sculpture cost $65 K and it's from an out of state artist..can anyone clarify this?
JSC April 09, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Now that's kind of funny Jason!
TM April 09, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Yes $65,000 for this crap I heard. I would have done it for $10,000 but then again Huntington has a s***load of money to p*** away. And what I love is a "a plaza to enjoy." Really???? On route 110 were any car can careign out of control and hit you sitting in the plaza. What, are kids suppose to play ball on this tiny island? I just don't get it.
matt harris April 09, 2013 at 04:23 PM
True dat. read on: http://thehuntingtonian.com/2012/07/22/the-pawn-shop-the-limestone-statue/
beanzo April 09, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Exactly where is the wh***house and is it reputable? Since Huntington is going down the tubes, I might as well get satisfaction SOMEWHERE!!
edward April 09, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Oh ye of little faith, lipstick on a pig, it has to start somewhere plus,it is such a nice day! Go out and play, not the w-house, back to work!
TheReg April 09, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I can appreciate improving the area. But honestly the supposed purpose of this plaza makes little if no sense. There are too few shops, none of which are even worth visiting except perhaps the Yankee Peddler antique shop. IMHO a huge waste of money. In regards to the mention of wh***house, there are a few houses very close by that the TOH should condemn and tear down.
Patched Out 2 April 09, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Just curious....have you ever even been to an art museum?
Patched Out 2 April 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I happen to think it was a great way to spend my tax dollars! Thank you to all that helped to make it happen!!!
Scott MacDonald April 09, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I would never go so far as to judge the art...I come from a family of artists, it isn't about the sculptured benches, I think any public art is a wonderful thing... it's the silliness of what this has become. The initial concept was very different, showing plantings, tress, and a warm wonderful feeling. This did not happen. The only people who are likely to use sterile, grey area, are those waiting to finish their lunch before visiting the pawnshop or the Walgreens. It is not a fully realized improvement to the town, merely another example of going through the motions to cover their behinds after being called on for their inaction. This is not a warm, safe place for people to spend time. This money could have been spent so differently, to really make the place look great, and vibrant.
Scott MacDonald April 09, 2013 at 07:31 PM
OK, I take back some of what I said, as when re-reading the article, I noticed a reference to "landscaping." They may in fact improve this area quite a bit with the correct touches. I thought it was complete. I only wish that silly Pawn-shop weren't there!
Patched Out 2 April 09, 2013 at 07:31 PM
The landscaping isnt even in yet......so how about everyone reserve further judgement (especially the negative kind!) until the project realizes its full completion.
beanzo April 09, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I see the points on waiting for landscape etc, but at this point it doesn't matter..The end amount of money spent for this project could have been much better spent on the REAL Huntington Station, NY Ave /Depot Rd. and the surrounding streets that are SOUTH of the train station to at least the intersection of West Hills Rd. And art like these statues would be much better served in a surrounding such as Hecksher Park near the museum or near the foot bridges in Village Green...
MrDon April 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Really $65,000 who voted on this. They have to be OUT of there minds. Look at this picture and tell me something is not wrong here. An investigation should be done as to the person responsible my god you can do a lot with $65,000 was this really necessary . Start with safety improvement.
beanzo April 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM
The Huntington arts Council could have used the money for the Summer Arts Festival At Hecksher Park..
Patched Out 2 April 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM
I am not interested in debating this any further but just want to offer this one last point. There is plenty of public art in Hecksher Park already and those of us who live in HS wanted to see the committee focus on our neighborhood for a change. I fought to bring this project near to where I live. Those who live south of the train station will have to pick up the fight if that is what they want down there. In the meantime you are welcome to come enjoy the sculptures up where I live : )
Big_E April 10, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Did you type that with a straight face, Jason? I mean with this picture: http://o4.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/600x450/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/398c35281ffe858f16a8fb0c91944320 (and two others) clearly showing WALGREEN'S in the background?
tony April 10, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I don't understand the anger over the pawn shop. It is a legitimate business; what's the problem?
Linda Otta April 10, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Oh I remember you Mr Tony, you claim to be a registered Republican yet looking through your comments to re-familiarize myself with you- #1 you Think Joan Cergol is doing a great job (a registered Democrat appointed by a democrat) . #2 Think Mr Petrone is fantastic ( a democrat) #3 Think GLENDA JACKSON did a great job (a democrat the public FIRED last November for her ineptness) #4 You think Mr Mark Cuthbertson (democrat) should be the next Supervisor for Huntington when Frank Petrone (democrat) decides he no longer wants to be so (another democrat) #5 you fully support Steve Isreal (a democrat)You are a shining example of the Republicans in Huntington you claim to be. OF COURSE you don't understand what the problem is with a pawn shop and a chicken house (I can't bring myself to type that other word) in Huntington. You still don't understand Republicans sometimes support Republicans, at least once or twice.
2 Turn Tables April 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Bizarre on many fronts. Lets play "Frogger" and run across New York Ave with your slice of pizza, dodging cars and trucks. Now, if you made it across and are eating your slice, you can wash it down with some car exhaust. I say the over/under before "ShyBoi" and the gang "tag it" is 5 months. Maybe patrons of the pawn shop can shoot craps there. Maybe it can be a place for "day workers" to congregate! You can't make this stuff up!


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