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Summit Public Art Welcomes New Sculptures by Tom Holmes


“Mantis” is now installed on the lawn by the Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue and “Mini Bursts” are now ensconced on the Village Green across from the Post Office. Sculptor Tom Holmes, whose work has graced various sites in Summit over the years, has placed Mantis, a new work, on Morris Avenue and has deconstructed Star Burst, which was on the southeast quadrant of the Village Green, into three small Mini Bursts, now located on the northwest corner of the Green.

Tom explained, “Mantis is a mixture of stone and steel. The antennae protruding from the top of the form undulate in the wind, their flexibility mimicking the buoyancy of flight, like the insects that take flight each spring. The triangular stone body references the insect world.”

Holmes had to deconstruct Star Burst when it was damaged recently, so he basically took it apart, sawed the pieces down on site, carried them across Broad Street to their new location, and put them together again in a smaller form, painting them again in bright red. "Replicating the broken form back into itself on a smaller scale can be viewed that destruction of an object or being can lead to a rebirth, a reconditioning, into a spirit stronger and more stable,” Tom said.

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Summit Public Art (SPA), celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, has brought nearly 50 pieces of art to Summit, placing it in public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Summit Public Art believes that public art transforms our city landscape, inspires its citizens, encourages conversation, and enriches the community. SPA, an all-volunteer committee, receives no funding from the City of Summit and raises the funds necessary through private fundraising and grants. To learn more, visit


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