Installation - May 2008
Yonkers City Hall
Bibliography - Al Landzberg in the Media
The New York Times,
June 29, 2008
By SUSAN HODARA
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
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
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
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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.
Laura Joseph Mogil,
Westchester Magazine, October 2007,
Westchester’s Own Art Beat
"Art Attack ... Chelsea, Schmelsea! There’s no need to trek into New
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"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."
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
“A Grand Opening in White Plains”, in the Journal News, October 9, 2005,
“….Sculpture Garden which displays Al Landzberg’s spiky sculpture.”
“Yorktown, Your Town”, videotape interview with Al Landzberg, June 18,
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
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...”
“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…”.
Sculpture: Hudson River Lyrics”, article about the Hudson River Museum
exhibit, Modern Collage, March 1998.
Hershenson’s, “Mystery of Welded Metal Sculpture”, in the New York
Times, January 11, 1998, an interview with Al Landzberg.
Sculpture”, article about the Wintergreen exhibit, The News-Virginian, Waynesboro,Va. October 5, 1993.
article, “Al Landzberg’s Response in Sculpture”, in the North County
News, an interview with Al Landzberg, August 25, 1993.
“Keeping Artistic Disciplines Alive”, in the New York Times, July 4,
1993, an interview with Al Landzberg.
Sculptures on View in Beacon Gallery”, Taconic Newspapers, June 17,
Sculptor Al Landzberg on View at the Howland Center in Beacon”, North
County News, June 16, 1993.