Partners in the Arts: Yaacov Heller
- Jun 1, 2021
For June, The Symphonia Partners in the Arts features the artist Yaacov Heller. Yaacov has been rated among the world’s most accomplished sculptors and top silversmiths. His work has been used to convey messages of hope, tolerance, acceptance, remembrance, and peace through interpretation of the human form and spirit, while holding to his personal, unswerving commitment to artistic quality.
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About Yaacov Heller
Throughout his sixty-year career, Heller has been commissioned to create historically significant works for presidents, kings and queens, heads of state, and other dignitaries and celebrities. Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger, Hosni Mubarak, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Jacque Chirac, Yitzhak Rabin, and Anwar Sadat are among the many world leaders who have owned pieces bearing the artist’s signature. Works are found in presidential libraries and museums worldwide.
A piece of great pride for Heller in his career is a sculpture of David and Goliath commissioned by then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin in 1974. It was given to President Gerald Ford during a White House visit. “David and Goliath was an analogy for the state of Israel,” he says. “A small country surrounded by mighty oppressors.”
A most important accomplishment while in Israel was that Yaacov developed a specific process of electroforming silver sculpture and jewelry designs, which was the start of a huge industry. The process is still being used today in the country by many foundries.
Works found locally in Boca Raton include Flossy’s Fountain at the entrance to the Count deHoernle Amphitheatre, a sculpture of the Count and Countess deHoernle, adjacent to the stage inside the venue, an eight-foot-high bronze menorah welcoming visitors and worshipers at B’nai Torah Congregation, two silver Festival Menorahs at Beth Ami Congregation, and a fabulous blown glass and bronze eternal light in the Kabbalah Center.