A Portrayal of Life at Mill Creek, 2018
Areas surrounding Richmond Valley station are interlaced with beautiful ponds, streams and wetlands. They are the inspiration for Everet’s artwork, A Portrayal of Life at Mill Creek. Everet created a series of stainless steel artwork panels that represent species of wildlife supported in local habitats.
The artist presents varying combinations of animal, insect and plant species within each panel design. The Common Snapping Turtle, known to nest in the area, is paired with the Indian Tobacco Plant which is named for the tobacco-like scent of its small ornate flowers. The naturalized Climbing Nightshade Vine, with its dangling star-like flowers and red berries is coupled with the Appalachian Brook Crayfish, whose chimney like openings occasionally protrude from a network of tunnels along the banks of the creek. The Calico Pennant Dragonfly, endowed by nature with red heart-shaped spots is complemented with tall colonies of Common Cattail, that are known for their dense cylindrical flowers. The Yellow Trout Lily, which appears briefly in spring, is combined with the Morning Cicada, which is named for its singing from morning to midday.
Many of the plants and animals in the local ecosystem have nurtured each other and served as a source of food and medicine for humans. A decline in quality or loss of habitat can threaten the future of inhabitants in this ecosystem. With this artwork, the artist hopes to raise awareness of and appreciation for the rich local wildlife of this Staten Island community.
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