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It all started in 2016 with a bronze statue commemorating the tragic day in November 1963 when a giant octopus upended the Staten Island ferry, killing nearly 400 people in New York.The three memorials to three made-up tragedies sprung from the vivid imagination of Joseph Reginella, a 47-year-old sculptor and jokester who has made an art out of monuments commemorating nonexistent victims.He makes the bronze sculptures in his spare time, in the basement of his Staten Island home.His 2016 sculpture of the octopus sinking the ferry was such a popular hit that he decided to produce a new monument each year along the same lines -- and following the same sense of humor.Reginella begins by choosing the date of the invented disaster with care -- and having it coincide with a real tragedy.Reginella remained coy about his next project, saying he may take a break in 2019 from his usual production of one sculpture a year.
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