New sculptures were installed recently on the Village Green in downtown Summit, all projects of the Summit Public Art committee. The newest installation, set up on August 30, is a figurative work by Boaz Vaadia entitled Ammi’el & Amaryahu.
The bronze sculpture depicts two figures, one seated on a boulder and the other with a foot resting on the stone, and is representative of the sculptor’s oeuvre. “Through the exploration of the connection between man and nature, I create sculptures and environments that are contemplative and serene. The overall impact is of a warm and welcoming presence. The pieces look as though created by wind, water or other natural forces,” Vaadia explained. Some of the boulders in Vaadia’s sculptures come from construction sites in Brooklyn, where he lives. Every piece of an edition is custom fitted to the stone base by the artist who then signs and numbers each piece.
An Israeli native, Vaadia chooses the names of his figurative pieces from the Old Testament “as there is a strong Israeli tradition of using Biblical names, and these are a reflection of my cultural heritage.”
Debi Schwarzmann, a committee member, acted as the artist liaison for the Boaz Vaadia sculpture and is responsible for bringing the work to Summit.
The other sculptures on the Village Green are by Richard Pitts (Loose Change and Fiddlesticks) and Charlie Hewitt. All the works are part of the committee’s Temporary Art installations and will be in place for six months to a year.
The Summit Public Art committee is composed of volunteers and receives no funding from the city. To view other works that are installed in Summit, and for more information about Summit Public Art, visit the website www.summitarts@cityofsummit.