Patina examines the abandoned steel pilings constructed in the sand and gravel operations in Port Jefferson Harbor in the 1920's and 30's. From a distance the pilings appear to be nothing more than a rusting industrial eyesore in this altered landscape. And yet, upon closer examination the pilings possess a sculptural beauty that transcends their functional past. For a hundred years the salt water, sand, air, and sun have altered both the shape and color of the original steel. This transformation has created organic shapes and a vibrant patina of intense orange with a more muted array of brown, red, and yellow. In time Nature will overcome this intrusion in the landscape and that process is a drama worth celebrating.



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