Best Celebrator of Public Holidays New York 2002 - JOHN ZAMMIT
In 1983, JOHN ZAMMIT, hospitalized with cancer, promised a shrine to God if He would let him live. Today, a 12-foot-tall assemblage of toy animals and Christian sculpture glorifies his Sunset Park yard. A statue of Mary observes the pair of blue plastic sailfish leaping outside her upended aquarium. Dozens of memorial cards nestle among the fake flowers at her feet, guarded by tiny tigers and deer. Visitors are advised to "Have a Safe Summer!" by a collection of seasonal greetings and encouraging maxims posted on recycled Styrofoam hamburger trays, some reinforced with wire against the ravages of time and exposure. Mr. Zammit decorates the house for almost every holiday and changes the trays accordingly. Check out Halloween.