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Boca’s sparkly homage to moonwalk…a piece of art

NASA has a web site of events for the 50th anniversary of the moonwalk. But in Boca, the nod is a sparkly work of art.

Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first to set foot on the moon July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 launched July 16 and returned to Earth July 21.

With that in mind, Sponder Gallery owner Deborah Sponder commissioned the piece by Metis Atash. Punk Buddah Moonwalk is adorned with an astronaut and other iconic symbols in Swarowski crystals. The sculpture sits elegantly in their Boca Raton Resort & Club art gallery.

“I suggested she do a Punk Buddah with an Andy Warhol moonwalk theme for us,” Sponder said in an interview from New York. She referenced the famous pop artist Warhol.

Atash, a Miami Beach artist she represents, was the perfect choice. Her work is based on the spiritual being and inspired by ancient teachings. Dao or path focuses on nature and the relationship between humanity and the cosmos, according to her bio.

There were other important connections to the Sponder family. “My sister’s family started The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program. The highly selective internship and mentorship program is in the commercial space industry in honor of my nephew,” she said.

Before her gallery involvement, Sponder was a scientist and two of her children are engineers. The third is at the Discovery Channel “and extremely helpful with the gallery,” she said.

The work of art is $14,900. “It has been there a week,” Sponder said before we paid a visit to see and photograph the sculpture and others by Atash.

The artist is “very accomplished and she uses themes from world-renowned artists to create her Punk Buddhas,” Sponder said. An eblast on the moonwalk sculpture got a lot of attention, she added.

Sponder Gallery registrar Cristin Longo suggests calling first at 561-350-0004 for gallery hours and access to the Resort. Sponder’s other gallery in Boca is at 413 E. Palmetto Park Road, suite 106.

By Marci Shatzman

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