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Summit Public Art Welcomes Willie Cole Sculptures

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • 11:15am

SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Public Art (SPA) announced two new sculptures by well-known New Jersey artist Willie Cole will on display and installed in the city.

The first piece, fabricated in 2012, is titled “H2O TBX” and consists of recycled water bottles.  "H2O TBX" will be installed on September 25 at Twin Maples.   SPA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held September 27 at Twin Maples, after which time the piece will move to another public site in the city.

“H2O TBX” is a full-size automobile made from 3,000 recycled plastic water bottles.  The vehicle is fully detailed, with motor and interior, and the result is both whimsical and thought provoking.  “H2O TBX” was shown last year at Grounds for Sculptures in Hamilton, New Jersey.

The second piece will also be made of recycled water bottles, and will be installed in October on the Village Green in Summit.   SPA will lead a community effort to collect water bottles which will be used to construct the second sculpture.

Willie Cole’s work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey and many other institutions around the country.  He is known to work with everyday objects, whether it is irons, women’s shoes, hair dryers or toilet bowl parts, and more recently recycled water bottles.  With these objects, he creates provocative sculptures and art installations that transcend the original matter.

“Willie’s genius is in his ability to give these domestic objects a whole new life and meaning beyond their original intended purposes, and push the viewer into a reflection about consumerism, race, and - with the 2 installations he is bringing to Summit - the environment.  But most importantly for us, he brings a fresh new medium – recycled water bottles - and vision to our community with his sculptures.  His work is a dramatic break from all the other sculptures we’ve brought to Summit,” said Marie Cohen, Debi Schwarzmann, and Estelle Fournier, members of the Art Selection Committee of Summit Public Art.

To learn more about Summit Public Art, visit http://arts.cityofsummit.org, and to purchase tickets for the Gala Celebration – which includes the opportunity to meet several artists and purchase some of their work, visit summitpublicart@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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