“Eyes On Main Street” is a community-based public art project for Downtown Riverhead created by Andrea Cote. It aims to promote an awareness of the rich and varied spaces and stories of Riverhead’s citizens, drawing upon an oral histories with a visual twist. This project is an integral part of Main Street’s cultural revitalization, directly involving local citizens in creating a summer-long installation and online archive of evocative video portraits presenting the diversity and unique memories of our community.
A multimedia project, it consists of a website and posters placed in empty windows along Main Street with QR codes, which when scanned with a smartphone, take the viewer directly to the Video Portrait of the person whose eyes are depicted on the blindfold. There is also a window installation of 100 blindfolds printed with eyes of residents, workers and visitors, created with the public at The Community Mosaic Festival and other events. This project embraces the history and potential for Main Street in Riverhead, NY.