Lolong is beginning to arrive–all of the work thus far has been preparation for these moments–witness Lolong all in one piece, strolling down the hall of Golden Belt! The deadline is close–the show opens on December 4, and there is a lot left to do. Notes of gratitude: I am first grateful to the Durham Art Guild for giving me this wonderful residency–a studio for six months, a budget for materials, and the support to undertake a foolhardy and risky artistic venture! I am also so grateful to all the help I have received while working with Lolong–especially from Charlie Evergreen, my dear friend, husband, and crocodile engineer. The technical challenges of making a 20-foot crocodile are many (who would have thought?!) and Charlie has patiently dealt with each problem as it surfaced. I am also so grateful to all who joined me in making four-leggers to accompany Lolong–I gave simple instructions (make a vase or votive holder with four legs) and then sat back amazed at the diversity and creative spirit of the four-leggers who came into being. This project has taught me many things (it’s best not to procrastinate, for instance), but the best thing I have learned is how precious creative community is.