Works by two local artists to be officially unveiled at
the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Center in Pomona
POMONA, NY The Rockland County Art in Public Places Committee is pleased
to announce the formal dedication of Candy Splat, situated across from Building
D at the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Center in Pomona. The steel and enamel
sculpture, by multimedia artist and New City resident Doris Laughton, is 56
inches high and 45 inches wide.
A dedication ceremony, with County Executive Ed Day presiding, will take place
on Wednesday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the health complex.
With its starburst-like shape, Candy Splat delivers an explosion of colors against
a backdrop of the ever-changing Ramapo Mountains. Inspired by the dynamic
“splash” of an ink spill in the artist’s studio, the whimsical work is installed in a
grassy area across from the center’s clinics for children and adults and
demonstrates how site-specific art can energize and uplift its audience.
A sculptor, photographer, printmaker and video artist, Doris Laughton is a
graduate of Drew University and also studied at the Parsons School of Design,
the International Center of Photography and the New York Academy of Art. Her
work has been exhibited at venues around the world, including Chicago’s Flatfile
Gallery, the Colorado Springs Contemporary Art Center, the Denver International
Airport and Art Takes Times Square, where one of her videos was projected high
above Broadway in midtown Manhattan. Ms. Laughton’s pieces are in numerous
private and corporate collections throughout North America, Latin America and
Also on October 18th, Bill Hochhausen’s refurbished wood and concrete bus
shelter will be unveiled in front of Building A on the Yeager campus. The pavilion
was originally designed and installed by Mr. Hochhausen in 1990, supported by a
New York State Council on the Arts grant sponsored by the Arts Council of
Rockland. The work had fallen into disrepair and was restored by Mr.
Hochhausen to balance art and design with functionality. The structure’s four
carved sculptural forms stand beneath a graceful, undulating roof trimmed in
neon turquoise that provides beauty and protection to the riders of Transport of
Rockland’s local bus route.
A longtime Pomona resident, Bill Hochhausen is a graduate of the Cooper Union
for the Advancement of Science and Art and Yale University. A sculptor, painter,
curator as well as a video and performance artist, he spent four decades
teaching at Pratt Institute, where he is now Professor Emeritus.
For many years, the Allan Stone Gallery in New York represented him, and his
work has also been shown at 55 Mercer Gallery, the Sculpture Center, the
Indianapolis Art Museum, the Edward Hopper House and the Rockland Center
for the Arts. An earlier bus shelter he designed in 1984 is still in use at Thorpe
Village housing community in Sparkill, New York, and a solo exhibition of his
floral and abstract paintings is on view at The Painting Center in Manhattan from
October 3rd through 28th.
The Rockland County Art in Public Places Committee – a group of 11 local
volunteers including artists, art historians, architects, conservators and arts
administrators – commissions, selects, places and preserves site-specific works
of art in a variety of media. For over 30 years, AIPP has integrated art with
architecture and the environment to enhance the enjoyment of public spaces.
The committee is supported by the Percent for Art Law which provides that funds
from certain county construction projects be allocated for the acquisition of
unique works of art to be placed in public sites throughout Rockland County.
Introduced in 1986 by legislators Harriet Cornell and Bruce Levine, the law (the
first and only program of its kind in New York State other than one in New York
City) seeks to make art accessible to all Rockland County residents and visitors
and to foster a sense of community connection and pride.
Photographs by J. Esterow