Teaneck Creek Conservancy
Richard Kirk Mills
First in a series of eight signworks narrating the cultural and environmental history of the northernmost reach of the Hackensack Meadowlands known as the Teaneck Creek Conservancy.
This entry and boundary wall is an artwork intended to invite, celebrate,
protect and reveal the cultural and environmental history of this once abused 46 - acre
urban forested wetland. The name fycke is a Dutch word meaning a fish or animal trap
that the original Lenape people used in hunting here along Teaneck Creek. We have
created a fycke shaped entrance using recycled concrete and natural vine material. The
eight signworks entitled “Landscape Perspectives” reveal the local history and examine
our attitudes to how we use our landscapes and natural resources. Signs will be replaced
over time by other artist’s and student’s responses to this place. Project artists are
Richard Kirk Mills, Blair Hines, Jane Ingram Allen, Frank Ottochian, and students
from Thomas Jefferson Middle School and the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University.
Landscape Perspectives has been made
possible in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge
Foundation, Puffin Foundation Ltd,
the Jentel Foundation and the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts / Department of
State, through grant funds administered by
the Bergen County Department of Parks,
Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.