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This is Page 1 of 3 of The Dragon Launch
thanks to Ben Casey for providing most of the photos for this
Ness watch out. Oriental’s got a dragon in its Duck Pond.
100 people turned out Saturday morning as the Dragon was set
afloat and then anchored in the waters just off of The Bean.
The Dragon proudly points to windward.
you’re looking in at the Harborcam shot, the Dragon is
that shiny, glittering object in the middle of the Duck Pond.
Up close, it’s even more spectacular.
sculptor Gary Gresko worked for months on the ferro-cement dragon,
fitting thousands of pieces of bright colored glass on to it’s
Gary decided to use glass he says, because he wanted something
that would glisten and catch the sunlight at different angles
as it turned in the water. That happened immediately as the
dragon was towed to the middle of the duck pond and made a couple
of circles before the anchor was secured.
Gary, who claimed that he “just wanted it out of my studio”
at the same time seemed heartened by the turnout of residents
and visitors who stood by as the Dragon took its place in the
start to arrive for a dragon launch...
is the second dragon to call the Duck Pond home. In the mid-90’s
a dragon emerged one New Year’s Eve, a surprise gift to
the town from long-time resident Grace Evans. Gary Gresko says
that they worked to keep it afloat for several years –
even retrieving is after a hurricane floated it away -- but
time, and some teenaged pranksters, took their toll on that
The Dragon arrives via pickup truck.
new dragon is new and improved. Once again, Grace Evans was
the catalyst in getting things started. One design change this
time around is that the Dragon has a keel. And a sturdy Danforth