Gezer Calendar, Kansas
Gadi was invited to create a sculpture for a public park in a Jewish residence area in Leewood, Kansas. The park is called Gezer Park, referring to the region of Gezer near Jerusalem where Gadi lives, an ancient biblical Canaanite city-state. In his limestone sculpture Harvest Table, Gadi depicts an archaeological artifact unearthed in Tel Gezer in 1908: an ancient inscription on limestone, detailing a calendar of the harvest’s stages: gathering, planting, cutting flax, reaping barley, reaping and measuring grain, pruning and summer fruit. A farmer himself, Gadi’s two loves meet in this sculpture: agriculture and sculpture. In his take of the Harvest Table, he equates working the land with the process of working in stone: a long, detailed, delicate, loving act of much sustained attention.