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Written by Tara Smith for the Long Island Advance.
Inflatable carrots towered over revelers strolling past the gazebo in the community garden at last year’s Arts on Terry Festival. The public installation served as a nod to the team of artists responsible for the revitalization and growth of arts on Long Island — and in Patchogue. An artist’s spring, if you will.
Two years before the carrots sprang up, a beanstalk “sprouted” each morning at dawn at the corner of Briarcliffe College as part of the inaugural PAC MAC Festival. Illuminated in yellow, green and blue hues, a sense of growth achieved among differently shaped pods. Artist Beth Giacummo-Lachacz likened the piece to the diverse and vibrant community in Patchogue, installed as a celebration of the mini-Renaissance Patchogue has seen over the last 30 years.
“They always seem to be vegetables,” Giacummo-Lachacz said, joking about pieces she has created for PAC events. Her larger-than-life works explore themes of shared community, cultural awareness and contemporary ideas of identity and sexuality. It’s impossible to take a passive approach when viewing the sculptures. The breadth of her work demands the art be consumed as a shared, multisensory experience.