News

June 2019 - New Public Commissions

Fabrication is beginning for Eddies, a 16' tall sculpture that will inhabit the newly renovated Haymarket Plaza in Eau Claire, WI. Installation is expected in fall/winter 2019.

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On April 18th, the Public Art Committee of the City of Pompano Beach, FL selected Michael's proposal for a permanent sculpture to be installed outside the city's Cultural Arts Center. The project is now in planning and pre-fabrication stages, slated for installation in late 2019.

Standing over 15’ tall, Current is an abstracted reference to the infinite and dynamic flow of community, solidarity and creativity that the Cultural Arts Center provides its citizens and visitors, which they in turn feed back to the city to create a reciprocal sense of connection and place.


May 2019 - In the Studio

Fabrication is in its final phases on a public sculpture commemorating the 150th anniversary of the City of Highland Park, IL. At 24’ wide, Ingress symbolizes both a ribbon honoring the first 150 years of Highland Park, and from another angle, a gateway to the future. The piece will be installed in late summer/fall of 2019.


September 2018 - Public Works Completed!

Earlier this year we completed installation of a 33’ sculpture and a 50’ sculptural shade structure and seating area at either end of a walking trail through the Municipal Complex of the City of Wyle, TX. After the dedication in summer and allowing some time for landscaping to fill in, we returned to get some proper photos. Thanks to the staff and residents of Wylie for making these pieces an integral part of their community!

By exploring the parallel between Wylie's cultural identity and its native Texas Blackland Prairie eco-region, the pieces create a visceral experience for citizens and visitors by illustrating how elegantly the deep roots of people and place can take the lead in defining change and growth into the future. The concept for these pieces was developed through research into the natural and cultural history of the region and ongoing dialogue with the community and city staff.

Standing over 30’ tall, the stainless steel and bronze forms of "Entwine" seem to dance like prairie grasses in the wind. With dramatic uplighting and an integrated glow at the focal point of the sculpture, Entwine is experienced as a dramatic beacon for drivers and pedestrians approaching the municipal center.

"Prairie Crossing" consists of a 50’ long undulating seating bench that gives way to a web of grasslike arches. Evoking the beautiful chaos of prairie grasses, the web provides a gateway for those entering the Municipal Complex. In the daytime the arches provide shade for rest or conversation while creating intricate shadow designs on the ground below.  At night, in-ground up-lights inside and outside of the seating wall light up the structure for a dramatic effect from the street or for those approaching on the trail for an evening walk.


November 2017 - New Work

Back in June our team installed this 28' suspended sculpture for a private residence in Beverly Hills, CA.  The home was recently completed and we returned to photograph the piece.

"Passage" is a fabricated bronze sculpture that seems to float weightlessly up through a stairwell and into a two story atrium.  Michael worked with the architect of the home, Leonardo Umansky of Arxis Design Studio, to integrate the sculpture into the stunning architecture of the space.  The result is a piece inspired by its setting, engaging in a dialogue with the space and activating each level of the atrium with a sense of dynamic motion.


September 2017 - First of Two Public Sculptures Installed!

Our team recently traveled to Wylie, TX to install "Entwine", the first of two public sculptures to inhabit the walking trails at the city's municipal complex.  Surrounding landscaping and lighting is currently in progress, but here's a sneak peak of the piece installed.  "Prairie Crossing", the second sculpture, is scheduled for install in early 2018.


October 2016 - New Public Projects Awarded!

On August 25th, the Public Art Committee for the City of Wylie, Texas selected Michael’s proposal from among 4 finalists for the commission of two monumental scale public artworks to be installed along the walking trails at the city’s municipal complex.  We’re excited to announce that on October 11th the City Council unanimously approved the projects to be commissioned and installed in summer of 2017!

Exploring the parallel between Wylie's cultural identity and its native Texas Blackland Prairie ecoregion, Michael’s designs aim to enhance the experience citizens and visitors have at the municipal complex and trails by illustrating how elegantly the deep roots of people and place can take the lead in defining change and growth into the future. 

Standing over 30’ tall, the stainless steel and bronze forms of "Entwine" seem to dance like prairie grasses in the wind.  With dramatic uplighting and an integrated glow at the focal point of the sculpture, Entwine will be experienced as a dramatic beacon for drivers and pedestrians approaching the municipal center.

"Prairie Crossing" consists of a 50’ long undulating seating bench that gives way to a web of grasslike arches.  Evoking the beautiful chaos of prairie grasses, the web gives a visitor the feeling of being “in” the prairie that has defined this region.  In the daytime the arches provide shade for rest or conversation while creating intricate shadow designs on the ground below.  At night, in-ground up-lights inside and outside of the seating wall light up the structure for a dramatic effect from the street or for those approaching on the trail for an evening walk.


April 2016 - Veil Waterwall Installed

Our team recently installed a 16' x 10' waterwall of glass and bronze on a property in Healdsburg, CA.  The piece serves as a screen and delineation point between the entrance parking area and a private courtyard.

The 17 bronze columns are bridged by 6 floating glass panels.  Both sides of all surfaces come to life with thin sheets of cascading water.  Check out the video below to see it in action!


February 2016 - Tendrils Installed!

Recently our team traveled to Maryland to install Tendrils in a residence overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Over the course of 3 days, the 5 stainless steel forms were carefully hung from the ceiling within the 3 story spiraling atrium.  The result is a 15' tall, floating piece inspired by and interacting with the dynamic architecture of the space.  


September 2015 - New Work Installed!

In a process beginning late last year, Lerner Enterprises commissioned Michael Szabo Studio to design & fabricate two large interior pieces. Our team worked simultaneously on Equipoise, a 15' sculpture (left), and Incambium, a water sculpture of the same scale (right). Last month, we trekked eastward and installed both pieces in Tysons, VA (just 13 miles from downtown Washington, DC). More photos to come!


June 2015 - Celebrate Confluence!

We invite you to celebrate the completion of Confluence on the evening of Tuesday July 14th. Please join us and the Palo Alto Public Art Program from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Caltrain Station Plaza in Palo Alto, CA. There will be a small dedication ceremony, light refreshments, and live music from John Henry's Farm. We hope to see you there!


April 2015 - Confluence Installed!

The 14' public water sculpture was recently installed at the California Avenue Caltrain Station in Palo Alto. Topping off a streetscape improvement project 4 years in the making, Confluence welcomes residents, shoppers, commuters and visitors to the new California Avenue. A dedication ceremony is planned for mid-summer. More details to come!


The Making of Interplace

We've recently been recording the fabrication process of our larger projects with a time lapse camera.  This film captures the creation of Interplace from start to finish.  The 30' sculpture was installed in Jessup, MD in 2012.  Thanks to Daniel Schwartzbaum of Blacktree Films for video production.


Exhibitions & Events


 Art New York  May 2nd-5th, 2019  New York, NY   Pier 94, New York, NY

Art New York provides a fresh alternative for acquiring important, never-before exhibited works from both primary and secondary markets. The highly-anticipated event will showcase artwork from more than 100 galleries during the height of New York’s art and cultural season. Visit Michael as he exhibits with Okay Spark Gallery.

Art Aspen   July 25th-28th, 2019   Aspen, CO   Aspen Ice Garden

Art Aspen features approximately 30 of the country’s preeminent art galleries, showcasing pieces from 1950 – present. This boutique-style fair is nestled against Ajax Mountain which provides the ideal environment for collectors, art patrons and VIPs to mix and mingle while experiencing this dynamic marketplace of important art. Michael will be exhibiting new work with Okay Spark Gallery.

Seattle Art Fair   August 1-4, 2019   Seattle, WA   CenturyLink Field Event Center

The Seattle Art Fair is a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art and a showcase for the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, the Seattle Art Fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming. Michael will participate in Okay Spark’s first inclusion in the exhibition.

SOFA Chicago 2019   October 31st - November 3rd, 2019   Chicago, IL   Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design.