The Block Island Times

"Sandy" finds a new home

Oct 03, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis

“Sandy” has been quite a tourist attraction. The elephant, which was made out of random pieces of driftwood that had floated onto the island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, has occupied a prominent place on the front lawn of the Block Island School since the end of the last school year.

Maddy Tretheway, who graduated earlier this year, built the elephant for her senior project. Since it was unveiled, it became a brief online sensation and, for any visitor that happened to come across it, an opportunity to take a selfie with an unique background.

But this past week it was time to say goodbye. The sculpture, which has always been for sale, was finally sold this week. To give the sculpture an appropriate sendoff, the entire student body gathered around it for one final pose before it was to be shipped off to its new home.

“Oh, we’re all really sad, but we’re happy for Maddy because her first major piece of art was sold,” said Block Island School co-principal Kristine Monje. “But it’s motivating for the other students to do their student project with the same quality. We’re hoping someone else will put another piece of art out there like that.”

Lisa Robb was Maddy’s senior advisor and Joanne Warfel was the senior coordinator for all the senior projects.

“It’s really exciting,” said Maddy Tretheway of selling her elephant. “But I’m mostly happy that she’s staying on Block Island.” (And, sorry, but the buyer wishes to remain anonymous.) — Lars Trodson

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