Everyone’s a Critic

Steven Siegel. Like a Buoy, Like a Barrel. Photo Courtesy of The Avenue Concept.

In the early hours of August 10, the public art piece “Like a buoy, like a barrel,” created by sculptor Steven Siegel and on display in front of the Wexler Building in PVD, was destroyed in a fire.

Siegel’s vision was brought to life with the help of The Avenue Concept, whose staff aided in the sculpture’s construction, and Bonnie Combs and Motif contributor Jen Long, who rallied hundreds of Rhode Islanders in collecting and cleaning the single-use plastics that filled the sculpture instead of a landfill or Rhode Island waters.

Yarrow Thorne, founder and executive director of The Avenue Concept, said in a statement, in part, “This was truly public art.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.