Installation - May 2008

Yonkers City Hall

 

Bibliography - Al Landzberg in the Media

The New York Times, June 29, 2008

Skyward-Looking Sculpture Joins Park

By SUSAN HODARA

Yorktown Heights

 

All last summer, Al Landzberg watched the construction taking place on the southeast corner of the Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field and Track here. He saw dead trees and overgrowth cleared and new landscaping replace them. One day in August, he spotted four wooden benches installed in a circular arrangement. That was when he realized that the center of that circle was the perfect location for his sculpture “Big Sky.”

 

Last month, “Big Sky,” a treelike form constructed of welded aluminum that stands 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, was installed on the site, on loan for a year from Mr. Landzberg, 78, a sculptor who has lived in Yorktown Heights for 48 years. “Big Sky” is the largest piece in his Tree series, which is the current manifestation of a recurrent theme in his work.

 

“Going back to the early 1990s,” he said, “I started making outdoor pieces that reach into the sky, as if they could connect with the heavens.” One such piece, “Ascending Arcs,” produced in 1997, is currently on display at City Hall Park in Yonkers.

 

“Big Sky” was inspired by the fabled lone cypress that juts from rocks along the California coast, a tree Mr. Landzberg saw during a trip he took with his wife in 1979. “I was fascinated by it for many years,” he said. “It holds all the great things: freedom, spiritual reach and survival.”

 

In the lower section of “Big Sky,” the inside surfaces of the aluminum bands are painted black, “so they carry the imagery of a very old tree,” Mr. Landzberg said. The top is unpainted. “It changes throughout the day with the light,” he said. At night, it is illuminated by in-ground lighting.

 

The addition to the park, about three-quarters of an acre at the intersection of Veterans Road and Maple Hill Street, was financed by the Yorktown Lions Club and the Jack DeVito Foundation. Anthony DeVito, who is Jack DeVito’s son and president of the Lions Club, described “Big Sky” as “a fine addition to the park — it’s more modern than I had anticipated, but it fits right in.”

 

Situated along the park’s walking path, the sculpture, Mr. DeVito said, “has a lot of visibility. It has become a focal point.”

 

A dedication ceremony for “Big Sky” will be held in the park on Sunday, at 6:45 p.m., with presentations by the Yorktown town supervisor, Donald S. Peters; the Parks and Recreation Department superintendent, Jennifer A. Fava; Anthony DeVito; and Mr. Landzberg.

The ceremony will take place during intermission in the first of the town’s annual summer concert series, sponsored by the Yorktown Lions Club. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and features the tribute band Almost Queen.


The Yonkers Home News & Times, May 2, 2008

 

Al Landzberg, a sculptor with a studio in Yorktown Heights, will install his stainless steel, 13-foot sculpture, Ascending Arcs, at the entrance to Yonkers City Hall Park on May 4. The sculpture will be on view for about one year.

 

With its vaulting form reaching for the heavens and its burnished texture reflecting sunlight, it's an apt metaphor for Yonkers. This city, the largest in Westchester, is also reaching heights. It has revived its waterfront and is encouraging new development.

 

Landzberg said that he has a special fondness for Yonkers as one of his earliest solo shows was in the Hudson River Museum. Recently he has had two sculptures on display in the Japanese Gardens at the Hammond Museum in North Salem.

 

Luis Perelman, director of the Blue Door Artis Association, was instrumental in finding Landzberg and his work. Perelman has been arranging the display of sculptures in City Hall Park on a rotating basis.

 

For further information, please call 914-965-3397. www.bluedoorart.org.


 

Laura Joseph Mogil, Westchester Magazine, October 2007,

Westchester’s Own Art Beat
 
"Art Attack ... Chelsea, Schmelsea! There’s no need to trek into New York City in search of great paintings, photographs, and sculptures when you can find some of the most groundbreaking artwork being created today right here in Westchester. Top-notch galleries and museums, serious collectors, and a supportive cultural community all have helped make our county a hotbed for local talent, with both emerging and established artists working and exhibiting here. We’ve discovered eight of Westchester’s most innovative, creative and exciting artists and artisans to bring to your attention."

 

"In his recent pieces, Landzberg welds together strips of burnished stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze to create towering upright forms that crane skyward—some up to 17 feet. The sculptures range from geometric to curvy in form, and, while some represent elements from nature, others are ambiguously abstract. ... Visitors are welcome to set up an appointment to visit Landzberg’s Yorktown Heights studio as well as his adjacent sculpture garden, where you can view his outdoor works in a country setting."


 

D.Dominick Lombardi, ”Dreaming Big: Artistic Visions for the County”, in the New York Times, February 27, 2005,  “Two proposals are standouts: Al Landzberg’s breathtaking, clear bottomed pier, which he envisions jutting out at Croton Point Park, and into the majestic Hudson in Croton-on-Hudson…..”.

Georgette Gouveia, “A Grand Opening in White Plains”, in the Journal News, October 9, 2005, “….Sculpture Garden which displays Al Landzberg’s spiky sculpture.”

Linda Cooper, “Yorktown, Your Town”, videotape interview with Al Landzberg, June 18, 2003.

Catalog of the exhibit, “Vulcan’s Forge”, published by the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in 1999, an article about Al Landzberg.

Beverly Russell in Sculpture Magazine, October 1998: “Landzberg’s work suggests, without resolving the question of progress, a process that may lead us to the edge of a precipice or toward the dawn of a new era of unprecedented invention. By welding sheets of steel into monumental pieces of sculpture, he explores the mystical depths of creation, striving to unite earth and water with the air and eternity of the cosmos”.

Vivien Raynor in The New York Times, April 12,1998: “...Landzberg uses industrial materials as befits a member of the David Smith ‘school’, but his inspiration is nature...”

Wendy DeGiglio, “Sculptural Views of the Hudson”, in the Gannett Newspapers, March 15, 1998,  “Al Landzberg….has created dynamic, yet graceful steel constructions ….Moonladder is a gleaming stairway to the heavens…”.

“Al Landzberg Sculpture: Hudson River Lyrics”, article about the Hudson River Museum exhibit, Modern Collage, March 1998.

Roberta Hershenson’s, “Mystery of Welded Metal Sculpture”, in the New York Times, January 11, 1998, an interview with Al Landzberg.

“Outdoor Sculpture”, article about the Wintergreen exhibit, The News-Virginian, Waynesboro,Va. October 5, 1993.

Fiona Gibb’s article, “Al Landzberg’s Response in Sculpture”, in the North County News, an interview with Al Landzberg, August 25, 1993.

Roberta Hershenson, “Keeping Artistic Disciplines Alive”, in the New York Times, July 4, 1993, an interview with Al Landzberg.

“Al Landzberg’s Sculptures on View in Beacon Gallery”, Taconic Newspapers, June 17, 1993.

“Artwork by Sculptor Al Landzberg on View at the Howland Center in Beacon”, North County News, June 16, 1993.

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