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Tuesday, October 15 2013

Greenfield Celebrates the Installation of “Brookie"

Adapted from a Greenfield Gateway Sculpture Committee press release:

The Greenfield Gateway Sculpture Committee invites all Greenfield residents, and other interested residents of Franklin County, to the celebration of “Brookie” on October 18th, at 3:30 pm, at the former Food and Fuel site, 250 Deerfield Street.

“We are thrilled that ‘Brookie’ will be available for all to see" said Susan Worgaftik, Committee Chair.  “We especially want to thank Mark Blanchette, producer of Wormtown Productions, who donated the funds which allowed for this wonderful sculpture to be created.”

"This is the first of several planned permanent sculptures to be installed in Greenfield over the next few years" said Caitlin von Schmitt, Chair of the Greenfield Local Cultural Council and a committee member.  “The GLCC is committed to public art that reaches the broadest audience possible.  The Greenfield Gateway Sculpture Project, “Brookie”, and the park in which it will reside are perfect examples of what we are trying to promote in Greenfield and we could not be happier.”

The celebration will involve a brief presentation by Mayor William Martin and a planting party to begin the beautification of the site, which organizers hope to see designated as a park in celebration of Greenfield’s history as a center of stainless steel cutlery manufacturing.

“Brookie”, the focal point of this new park area, is a steel structure composed, in part, of stainless steel cutlery donated by residents of Greenfield and other Franklin County communities. Brookie’s creator, John Sendelbach, will be available to answer questions about the sculpture itself.

“We also want to thank Felix Lufkin and volunteers from the Help Yourself organization who have assisted us in planning and planting native plants for this new park area”, stated Becky George, another committee member.

“We hope everyone will join us to celebrate Brookie’s installation and join in the planting party so that this area will be a beautiful and welcoming area for residents and visitors alike,” said Worgaftik.