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What is, is what is; the only other thing is nothing.

Unveiling Ceremony Speech
Union Square Park, NYC
June 24, 2021

Hello New York

 

I have been watching you. 

 

From the moment my eyes became open. And then were opened again. From one world to the next. 

 

You have been a part of my vision.

 

A vision beautifully and purposefully blurred by the gravity of your everything

 

Both light and shadow. Answers and mysteries in equal measure.

 

A duality that dissipates into the mix of your everything. A mix known only in New York .

 

It can be said that only those who look will see.

 

I have looked. And I see you. 

 

And so today it is my very deep pleasure and privilege to now be seen by you.

 

For a moment in time, to become that which others will call, The City.

 

I can think of no grander expression of our communion. 

 

I say to you, as my everything, the only other thing, is nothing. 

 

MIDABI