November 27, 2022

Artist with a comic twist

Sculptor Norman Gardner, who lives full time in Boca Raton, Florida, visited the site of one of his monumental works, "Celebration," during the summer of 2013 while visiting his daughters in California.  He wanted to inspect the state of the sculpture and the surrounding landscaping.

The stainless steel sculpture appeared to be in perfect condition and the landscape plantings of the surrounding area had grown in around the base of the sculpture beautifully, providing a luxuriant blanket of colors for the setting. Although marine-grade stainless steel is extremely difficult to work with because it is a very hard metal, the advantage is that it withstands weather very well and does not rust.  For this reason, Gardner has grown very enamored of working with stainless steel for the strength of the metal and durability of its finish, especially for monumental works, like Celebration, that will be subjected to the weather.

About "Celebration"

Parents at the Gideon Hausner school commissioned Gardner to produce this piece to stand as a landmark identifying the entrance to the school.  The project was launched in the fall of 2005 and Celebration was installed in May of 2006.  You can see step-by-step photos of the creation of Celebration on the Work-in-Process page.