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!
April 2015 - Confluence Installed!
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 Palm Beach is a leading international modern and contemporary art fair as well as the most important annual art event in The Palm Beaches. The fair, founded in 1997, is held in West Palm Beach and exhibits the works of international artists, ranging from "the most promising emerging talent" to masters.
Since its inception in 2012, Art Wynwood has become the premier winter destination contemporary and modern art fair in South Florida, and offers the most diverse, affluent and culturally savvy international audience in the United States. Michael will exhibit with Okay Spark Gallery for the first time at this event.
Art Boca Raton is a contemporary art fair from the organizers of Art Palm Beach. International galleries will be exhibiting modern, contemporary, and emerging art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
American Craft Council Show San Francisco August 2nd - 4th, 2019 San Francisco, CA Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion
Michael has had a relationship with the American Craft Council since early in his career. Join us for his only Bay Area exhibition of 2018 for a chance to see new works and edition pieces and to catch up with the artist.
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.