Rockaway Petroglyph

The boulder featured in Rockaway was sourced and moved by RISE (Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity) who then sponsored Kevin to create a petroglyph carving for the community. Because this petroglyph is much more public than a lot of Kevinís other pieces, it was important that the audience was completely accounted for. Beginning with the wildlife native to the area, Kevin carved some creatures seen everyday in the Rockaways, although they are sometimes overlooked. Animals like horseshoe crabs and an array of birds including an oystercatcher, piping plover, barn swallow, sparrow, a mourning dove and a laughing gull with a pretzel in its mouth can be witnessed all over the boulder. An ecosystem which has learned to make use of its popular environment. He also drew inspiration from other, man-made everyday objects that are seen repetitively in the Rockaways, including the planes flying overhead from JFK and a basketball. This petroglyph is unique in its display of the intermingling caused by the busy activity from both man and wildlife happening not only in the Rockaways but in New York in general.

Contemporary Petroglyph

Planes taking off carving juxtaposed to impression of planes

Photo date: 2022-09-09 08:23:00

Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: All Rockaway petroglyphs together creating a representation of an ecosystem that will last forever.

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 16:38:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: Basketball and Barn Swallow, lifesized

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 16:32:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: Oyster Catcher petroglyph

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 16:30:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: Blue Barn Swallow native to The Rockaways

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 16:20:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: RISE commissioned the four horseshoe crabs after winning a competition for Art Under the Elevated, all the other petroglyphs sprouted from the community and wildlife and luckily RISE supported the piece growing into something larger than just the crabs.

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 16:08:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: Basketball, Barn Swallow and Piping Plover showing the makeup of the Rockaway ecosystem

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 15:56:00

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Note: Emblem petroglyphs

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 15:49:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: JFK Jet's taking off

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 14:45:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: The birds of the Rockaways: Oystercatcher, Piping Plover and Barn Swallow

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 14:38:00

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Note: All Rockaway petroglyphs

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 14:25:00

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Note: Bits of all the petroglyph carvings at Rockaway

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 11:08:00

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Note: Multiple petroglyphs on stone

Photo taken on 2017-11-03 09:36:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: JFK Jet's during printmaking process

Photo taken on 2017-08-02 14:50:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: Horseshoe Crabs are an incredibly old species that has managed to survive for milenia. Their blood is copper based, so they are used to conduct medical research. They are an anomaly.

Photo taken on 2017-04-17 17:23:00

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Contemporary Petroglyph

Note: Boulder being lifted

Photo taken on 2017-04-03 11:54:00

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