Each illuminated angel in a work of art by Staten Island's Scott LoBaido represents a child killed in the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. The artist calls this piece from one grieving community to another.
It took seven days to make 7,000 lights into a display that inspires just about everyone who looks at it.
The artwork can now be seen on the front lawn of Staten Island's St. Teresa's School.
Lobaido purposely chose Superstorm Sandy-ravaged Staten Island to unveil his piece. Each angel is handmade from lights, chicken wire, aluminum foil, and tape.
Lobaido said he wanted to portray the students as they should always be remembered: as little happy playful angels who brought joy into the lives of everyone they met.
The display will be here until next week.
He doesn't know where the piece will head next. He plans on adding sculptures representing six teachers also killed that day.
St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus and St. Nicholas Chapel
1634 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, N.Y.
The cleanup has begun in some parts of Long Island while others continue to deal with flooding from heavy rain fall that began late Tuesday and intensified on Wednesday. Cars remain stranded after rain pounded the area. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip. The National Weather Service said the rain was the largest event on record for New York State in a 24-hour period.