Mushrooms and gnomes
Gadi created an outdoor installation for a public park in Holon, as part of a project of artists designing sculptures based on popular Israeli children’s books. Gadi chose to create figures based on a book called ‘Gnomes, mushrooms, and what more?’ by Alona Frenkel, which he used to read to his own children. Large stone mushrooms with big happy dots on top are adorned by bronze gnomes who are lying under the mushrooms for shade, sitting on top, or swinging in pairs on upside down mushrooms like see-seas. Holon is said to be the ‘city of kids’, and in keeping with this idea, here Gadi creates an imaginative display that can spark play and curiosity. This project was particularly enjoyable for Gadi as it allowed him to explore his childish side. “I think part of me will never grow up,” he says with a smile. An inner childlike spark leads Gadi in his work, following his curiosity, a glint in his eye and a direct connection to exploration is much like the innocence of child play.