One-of-a-kind sculpture is infused
with memorabilia from noted philanthropist and museum lover
Recycled VW is a Love Bug that keeps giving
CHERRY HILL, N.J. An old VW gets a new look when the Garden State Discovery Museum reveals its Herbula Love Bug on June 26. An artist who specializes in recycled sculpture is transforming the iconic car into a giant outdoor, permanent tribute to a philanthropist with family ties to the Museum.
The Herbula Love Bug honors Herb Iris, a noted builder from northern New Jersey area and father of Museum Executive Director Roree Iris-Williams. Eric Shultz, renowned dumpster-diver, is the artist, with help from Iriss grandson, Jeremy. (Jeremy did not actually have a chance to work with Eric) A few of Iriss personal items will be preserved within the sculpture, creating a permanent reminder of his love for family and community.
Iris died in April 2006 after a lifetime of philanthropy. The Newark native used degrees in engineering and business to establish the Morristown-based Iris Construction Co., then used his skills and connections to help other people. Among his recognized projects are housing communities for Jewish seniors. After his death, nonprofit organizations came together to create and oversee the Iris Teen Tzedeka Program that teaches young people about charity and engages families in philanthropic efforts.
The VW itself has had a storied history. It served its original purpose as a road car for years before the Museum gave it a second life with a spot on its exhibit floor. Young visitors to the Museum would climb inside and pretend to drive, while their caregivers wistfully remembered the days when the bug defined a generations flower power. It takes on a third incarnation as the Herbula Love Bug sculpture.
Schultz will install the sculpture June 25. It will be formally introduced to the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 on the first night of the four-day Kaleidosaurus Kiddie Carnival.
For more information, call 856-424-1233 or visit www.discoverymuseum.com