Peconic Landing Seeking Innovative Sculpture for New Memory Care Center

An artist's rendering of Peconic Landing's Memory Care Center, now under construction.
An artist’s rendering of Peconic Landing’s Memory Care Center, now under construction.

Editors Note: Feb. 7, 2016: The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 1, 2016.

Peconic Landing in Greenport has issued an open call for artists for its award-winning “Art Without Barriers” sculpture garden series, which is now in its third year.

The garden is the East End’s only handicapped accessible sculpture garden, and it features interactive technology used in art therapy for those who are hearing or visually impaired.

Peconic Landing is seeking proposals for its next installation from artists who are interested in touching the lives of people living with memory disorders. The innovative piece will become the centerpiece of a garden in Peconic Landing’s new memory care center, which is slated to open in 2016.

The piece will be used as part of a therapy program that uses art and music to enhance connections with patients’ pasts.

“It will become a destination within the garden, designed to hold a member’s attention while helping to bring them back to a place of comfort, if even just for a brief period,” said Peconic Landing Cultural Arts Curator Dominic Antignano.

The new 12,000-square-foot, $9 million memory care center will be the newest addition to The Shores at Peconic Landing, the community’s health center. The center, slated to open in May 2016, will provide a home-like environment for up to 16 residents living with memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s dementia. It is one of several new additions being built as part of Peconic Landing’s $44 million expansion.

“Expression through art is a powerful tool that can help individuals living with memory disorders reconnect with themselves,” said Peconic Landing Administrator of Health Services Gregory Garrett. ”We strive to incorporate the most innovative means to bring comfort and purpose to the lives of our members.”

The call for entries is open to all artists. The artist chosen for the installation will retain ownership of their sculpture and the work will be on display to Peconic Landing for two years. The chosen artist will receive a $1,000 stipend.

Proposed works should be no greater than 36” x 36” x 84″, including the base. Tactile elements are encouraged.

Completed applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2016. The full prospectus and application are online here.

 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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