Fundraiser seeks $100K to restore beloved Hamptons ‘Stargazer’ sculpture

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The Stargazer – a huge ruddy-colored abstract sculpture of a deer head, which stands as sentry to the Hamptons on County Road 111 in Eastport — is in need of a major restoration and its admirers are seeking $100,000 through GoFundMe to get the work done.

Its original fabricator David Morris, 72, tells us the piece — designed by the late Linda Scott — has suffered damage over the years from woodpeckers, moisture and, most recently, a storm that hit last August.

Morris is seeking to rebuild the statue, telling us, “I’ll create it with better venting, better materials, better flashing. This lasted 30 years and this next one should last 50, 60 years or longer.”

The the 70-foot-by-50-foot piece was erected in 1991 and has a special place in the hearts of the community.

“I think it means something different to everyone,” Morris says of the work. “For the people who live out here it means they are home again. For people in the city it represents, ‘We have made it to the Hamptons; we are there.’ When kids in the area are brought up, it has meaning for them and a continuity that says, ‘Everything is fine’.” 

Morris tells us, “I get calls all the time about people wanting it to be fixed and wanting to help. I miss it and Linda [Scott] would be sick over [the disrepair].”

The sculpture is abstract, but depicts a face and two horns. Morris tells us “People still can’t see it as a deer; they see it as a rooster.”

One antler is held in the deer’s mouth, which Morris explains, “It is a trophy. It’s going for your goal. It’s whatever talents — writer, painter, singer — you have to go for it. You will regret it for the rest of your life if you don’t try.”

Morris believes $100,000 should cover the rebuilding, but notes the prices of supplies have gone up due to COVID. He hopes to have volunteers for the labor and donations of lumber.

So far the “Save the Stargazer” campaign has raised just over $5000.

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