David Matterhorn, an artist who has been in East Hampton since 1987 and now calls Montauk home, did not intend to spend the last four years photographing the dashes on gravestones.
“I had Lyme disease in 2008,” he recalled. “It wasn’t a fun time.”
Through the screen of trees on Pantigo Road, the steady thrum of bulldozers comes from an area that has been quiet for many years — the four-acre property that once housed the Stern’s department store.
“The building was deteriorating, and the town wanted us to demolish it,” said Alan Heller of Heller Design, the group that owns the property as an investment.